Air Cargo :
The value of a shipment agreed upon by the shipper and carrier to secure a specific rate and/or liability.
Agriculture Export Connections
- (U.S. government)
The U.S. Foreign Agriculture Service through AgExport Connections (formerly Agriculture Infor¬mation and Marketing Services) provides services designed to help U.S. exporters of agricultural products make direct contact with foreign buyers. Services include: Buyer Alerts
Trade Leads, Foreign Buyer List, U.S. Suppliers List and oth¬ers. Contact: AgExport Connections; Foreign Agriculture Service; 1400 Independence Avenue, Ag Box 1052; Wash¬ington, DC 20250-1052 USA – Tel :  (202) 690-3421 – Fax :  (202) 690-4374
Any property (freight, mail, express) carried or to be carried in an aircraft. Does not include passenger baggage.
A platform or pallet (in air freight usually from 3/4” to 2” thick) upon which a unitized shipment rests or on which goods are assembled and secured before being loaded as a unit onto an aircraft. Most carriers offer con¬tainer discounts for palletized loads.
Palletization results in more efficient use of space aboard freighter aircraft and better cargo handling, particularly when used as part of mechanized systems employing such other advances as pallet loaders and pallet transporters.
The pallet loader is a device employing one or more ver¬tical lift platforms for the mechanical loading or unloading of palletized freight at planeside.
The pallet transporter is a vehicle for the movement of loaded pallets between the aircraft and the freight terminal or truck dock. Sometimes the functions of both the pallet loader and pallet transporter are combined into a single ve¬hicle.
A term used to describe expedited handling of air freight service. See priority air freight; air freight.
A service providing for the air transport of goods. The volume of air freight has been increasing signif¬icantly due to (1) decreased shipping time, (2) greater in¬ventory control for just-in-time manufacturing and stocking, (3) generally superior condition of goods upon ar¬rival, and (4) for certain commodities, lower shipping costs.
Air Freight Forwarder
A freight forwarder for shipments by air. Air freight forwarders serve a dual role. The air freight forward¬ers are, to the shipper, an indirect carrier because they receive freight from various shippers under one tariff, usually consol¬idating the goods into a larger unit, which is then tendered to an airline. To the airlines, the air freight forwarder is a ship¬per. An air freight forwarder is ordinarily classed as an indi¬rect air carrier; however, many air freight forwarders operate their own aircraft.
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