Even without the threat of natural disasters, the shipment of outsized or heavyweight air freight has always demanded agility, speed, and quick thinking from forwarders, charter brokers, and carriers. The inherent complexities, coupled with economic and market forces, make project air freight possibly the most volatile, challenging, and least understood niche in global logistics. Air freight often is reserved for emergencies or mistakes by shippers who try to use cheaper ocean freight where possible. But routing considerations and tight deadlines require use of air freight for some project shipments.
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