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Shipping in a winter wonderland.

 

Whether, you ship via ocean or air freight, shippers with years of experience know of the usual yearly backlogs around Christmas time.

But if you’re a little newer to the game, or are finding yourself dealing with an unusual spike in activity for your particulary industry, an increase in shipments now is likely to have you sweating. But that’s okay, because I feel your pain, and have some great tips for you.


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The facts are, your ocean shipments may be on standby for the next ship or the one after. Your air freight shipments will most likely stay on the ground before taking off. Airlines prioritize US mails over commercial shipments during the Christmas season, which add waiting time for your shipments to the line. On imports, you have the Christmas orders coming in & customs clearances also experience delays with the US Customs.

Early dispatch

In a perfect freight world, shippers need early dispatches of their freight seeking departure and arrival dates that are not too close to Christmas.

You should speak with their international freight forwarders the MOMENT you have a clear understanding of when your cargo can be dispatched. Some forwarders will take steps to peruse all of the carriers servicing the trade lanes as well as evaluating the backlog situation.

Here are a few resources the early shipper should know about:

Below are indicative freighter aircraft specifications for comparison purposes. Please note that these refer to standard models; modifications may be made by individual operators.

(download the PDF HERE)

Make/Model

Max Payload
Tonnes

Max Loadable Volume
CBM3

Cargo Hold Dims
LxWxH cm

Cargo Door Size
WxH cm

Antonov 225

250

1100

4300 x 640 x 440

640 x 440

Boeing 747-800

140

850

5400 x 485 x 300

340 x 312

Antonov 124

120

800

3650 x 640 x 440

640 x 440

Boeing 747-300/400

110

675

5000 x 488 x 300

340 x 312

Boeing 747-200

100

675

4900 x 488 x 300

340 x 312

Boeing 777

100

625

4400 x 488 x 300

372 x 305

Ilyushin 96

90

580

4440 x 570 x 287

485 x 287

McDonnell Douglas MD11

85

500

4800 x 350 x 245

355 x 255

Airbus 330

65

475

580 x 525 x 245

358 x 256

Douglas DC10

65

400

3725 x 448 x 245

350 x 255

Lockheed Tristar

55

420

3300 x 360 x 274

431 x 284

Boeing 767

55

400

3000 x 400 x 250

340 x 254

Airbus 300-600

47

410

4000 x 525 x 245

358 x 256

Ilyushin 76

45

180

1850 x 345 x 325

344 x 340

Airbus 300-200

43

295

3550x477x245

358 x 256

Airbus 310

40.5

270

390 x 477 x 223

358×257

Ilyushin62

40

240

280 x 375 x 200

345×200

Douglas DC8-62

40

200

3400 x 317 x 203

355 x 215

Boeing 757

39

187

3327 x 353 x 218

340 x 218

Tupolev 204

28.5

165

290 x 274 x 200

340×208

Boeing 727

23.5

144

2712 x 351 x 218

340 x 218

Lockheed Hercules

21

140

1707 x 302 x 274

302 x 274

Antonov 12

18

95

1380 x 300 x 250

300 x 250

DC9

17

120

210 x 274 x 205

345 x 205

Boeing 737

16

115

2100 x 310 x 220

340 x 215

Lockheed Electra

15

135

2000 x 280 x 220

355 x 203

BAe ATP

8.2

78

1500 x 195 x 180

250 x 169

ATR 72

8

75

1795 x 225 x 175

294 x 180

Antonov 26

6.5

45

1110 x 220 x 160

230 x 171

Antonov 74

6.5

45

1000 x 215 x 220

226 x 220

Fokker 27

6.3

58

1336 x 210 x 190

228 x 175

ATR 42

4.6

40

1080 x 225 x 143

125 x 153

Saab 340

3.8

40

1300 x 170 x 170

135 x 130

Shorts 360

3.5

40

815 x 190 x 190

142 x 168

Falcon 20 / 200

2.5

11

704 x 156 x 142

190 x 140

Metroliner 23

2.3

18

775 x 158 x 145

127 x 115

Metroliner III

2.1

12

775 x 158 x 145

130 x 115

Metroliner II

1.4

12

835 x 115 x 120

130 x 115

Beech 200 Kingair

1.2

5

280 x 124 x 138

132 x 138

Cessna 406 Titan

1.2

6.5

320 x 120 x 117

124 x 116

Piper 31

0.6

4

350 x 100 x 125

65 x 110


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