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What is an AWB (Airway Bill)?

An AWB is airway bill, also known as an air consignment note.

AWBs are receipts for goods issued by an international airline.

The main functions of AWBs are to serve as contracts of carriage, evidence of receipt of goods, freight bills, certificates of insurances, and customs declarations.

Airway bills are one of the most important documents issued by an airplane carrier or by a carrier agent.

This type of bill is non-negotiable and covers the transportion of cargo from one airport to another.

AWBs contain 11 digits which can be used to book shipments, check deliveries and pinpoint the current status of a piece of cargo.

A standard airway bill contains a unique eleven digit number, the carrier’s name, the head office mailing address, and the logo of carrier.

All airway bills end in a number below six and the notes come in sets of eight different colors.

The top copy of the AWB are called the “original” and is usually green.

Under the “original” is consignee’s note. This piece is usually pink. The next note is the shipper’s copy and is typically blue. Under the shipper’s note is a yellow copy- that is the delivery receipt, also known as the proof of purchase. The bottom three sheets are white.

If you have any questions about AWB or AIR CARGO please contact us.

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Standard Dimensions for Shipping Cargo by Air or Sea

Cargo shipments can be sent via the air or by sea.

Shipping large cargo or extra-sizes takes extensive paperwork, time and necessary licenses.

Its important in order to avoid extra-expences and extra work, try to pack the shipments with regular sizes.

For sure there are cargo you can not pack in different ways, but for those can adapt to the standard dimensions, consider the sizes we detail next:

 

Shipping Cargo by Sea

If you are trying to ship a pallet across oceans by sea, you need to make note of the weight and size of the shipment.

A six meter long regular container (20′) can accept interior sizes of 2,3 meters high x 2,3 meters width. This sizes also are for the 12 meters long containers (40′).

Consider in order to avoid extra handling charges at forwarder / handling warehouse not exceed 1,545 kilograms.

Ask us, other ways to ship if you have more than this sizes / weight.

Standard dimensions cargo shipping

Shipping Cargo by Air

If you are shipping cargo by air, the minimum height on a passenger plane is from 1.4 to 1.6 meters high, while the maximum height on a pallet on a cargo airplane (freightner) is 2.4 meters high.

To calculate the air freight volume multiply the length of the pallet by its width, then by its height in inches–then divided by 366. Then, to convert the actual weight in pounds into kilograms, divide the total pounds by 2.2046.

If you need to ship large cargo, make sure your shipment meets the necessary weight and size measurements, or ask us the way can be shipped.

 

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Air Cargo: Five Groups of Items that Require Special Permission

Air cargo has revolutionized the transportation and logistics industries.

There’s no denying the benefits of Air Freight, which include speed, safety and more. And though the benefits are large in number, there are several items that cannot be shipped via this means of transportation without first getting special approval.

They are inside of the considered Dangerous cargo goods and it is important to note that air cargo restrictions are determined by law as well as company regulations.

Air Cargo: Five Groups of Items that Require Special Permission

For the most part, the five following groups of items cannot be shipped unless special approval has been obtained.

1) Only lighters that don’t contain unabsorbed liquid fuel can be brought on cargo flights. Lighter fuel and lighter refills are not permitted. In addition, firearms and ammunition cannot be shipped unless permission has been acquired.

2) Alcohol cannot be shipped if it’s not in its original retail package. In addition, if the alcohol content is below 24 percent or above 70 percent, it cannot be shipped without permission.

3) Flammable liquids, including camphor oil, gasoline, turpentine, paint, and engine starting fluid all need special permission before being able to be shipped.

4) Lab chemicals, oxidizers, sulfuric acid, corrosive items, organic peroxides, and potassium permanganate require special permission.

5) Never are non-prescribed narcotics, as well as any type of psychotropic drug, including cocaine, methamphetamine, opium, marijuana, morphine and heroin allowed to be shipped.
When a person chooses to take advantage of air cargo, it’s important to make sure the item(s) being shipped won’t violate any domestic or international shipping laws. In addition, the person needs to contact an air cargo company of his or her choice and ask about any items that are restricted.

If you need ship  one of these goods and need a Spain freight forwarder can handle, NF Spain can offer you air cargo.

 

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Dangerous Goods Cargo Shipping

When dangerous goods is improperly declared it may not be properly packaged, segregated and stowed on the ship. As the transport of dangerous cargo increases it is critical that the IMDG code is followed. The intent of the IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) code is to protect crew and prevent maritime pollution when hazardous materials are shipped.

Maritime regulators and port authorities have the responsibility of ensuring that proper documentation is submitted and the requirements of the code are complied when dangerous goods shipping is undertaken.

The International Maritime Organization or IMO is a United Nations agency which has the responsibility to design and maintain shipping regulations that cover safety, environment and legal matters, technical cooperation, maritime security and shipping efficiency. The IMDG Code is a detailed publication reviewed and updated every two years and supported by various international conventions and codes

When a client needs to ship dangerous goods from Spain or other country, a DG (dangerous goods) request is sent to the shipping line who reviews the request. In order for the shipping line to confirm shipment, all relevant information must be filled out on the request form. If there is incorrect information or the cargo is unacceptable the DG will be rejected with reason. Now the client can correct misinformation and reapply, but if the cargo is unacceptable on ship, it cannot be shipped. In this case the client can look for a shipping line able to accept the cargo or look at an alternative means of transport.

If the information is correct and the dangerous goods cargo is acceptable, a DG acceptance is sent to the client and the client receives the DG booking and container release. The client then packs the container and records all relevant information on the DG declaration form. This information has to exactly match the information on the request form. Making sure that the correct IMO labels are placed on the container, the client sends the completed DG declaration form to the shipping line. A copy of the DG declaration form is sent to the ship and the loading port by the shipping line.

It’s really important contract a good and experienced freight forwarder in order to make all the process fast and easy.  NF Spain is used to handle this kind of shipments from or to Spain.

Air Cargo: Five Groups of Items that Require Special Permission. dangerous goods

The 2012 edition of the IMDG code is effective for two years beginning January 2014. Dangerous goods have been classified into nine classes by a United Nations Committee. Here is a listing of the 9 classes and some examples of what would be in a classification

Class 1 Explosives include ammunition, fireworks, blasting explosive, flares and toy caps

Class 2 Gases include Flammable Gases such as acetylene, ethylene and hydrogen, Non-Flammable and Non-Toxic gases include oxygen, argon, liquid nitrogen and Toxic gases such as chlorine and ammonia and aerosols including.

Class 3 Flammable Liquids contain petroleum based liquids such as kerosene and other chemicals such as methanol.

Class 4 Flammable Solids is comprised of solids such as sulphur powder, Substances prone to Spontaneous Combustion such white phosphorus and Dangerous When Wet substances such as calcium carbide.

Class 5 include Oxidizers such as bleaches and hydrogen peroxide and Organic peroxides for example, hardeners such as Bondofill.

Class 6 Toxic include most agricultural insecticides and some metal degreasers and Infectious such as pathogen cultures and septic effluent.

Class 7 Radioactive materials

Class 8 Corrosives contain caustic soda and car batteries.

Class 9 Miscellaneous is comprised of dangerous goods not covered in the other classes such as PCBs.

Contact us for assistance in shipping dangerous goods from / to Spain.

 

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Second week of Iberia strike

From 4th to 8th march, Iberia workers will continue with the second five-ady strike they have planned, grounding this time over 1300 flights.

First strike was on Feb 18th till Feb 22nd.

Staff, including baggage handlers, pilots and air stewards, are in protest management plans to axe 3,807 jobs and cut salaries at the airline.

Iberia has cancelled 1300 flights (431 flights of Iberia, 100 Iberia Express, 316  Vueling and 434 of Air Nostrum) between Monday and Friday,

For that reason in the cargo sector all other air companies will be over booked and we recomend make bookings asap.

For more information please feel free to contact us via our web form: CLICK HERE

Or rembember you can online now ask any enquiry, doubt to make any shipment, or any comment you want to make us trought our new plattaform.

Easy to contact with us with less than 3 clicks, we will assign one of our support staff will contact you and stay connected allways you will need support.

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5 days IBERIA strike from 18th february

Workers at loss-making Spanish flag carrier Iberia were set to begin a five-day strike at midnight on Monday, grounding over 1,000 flights.

Staff, including baggage handlers, pilots and air stewards, will hold three five-day strikes in February and March to protest management plans to axe 3,807 jobs and cut salaries at the airline.

Iberia has cancelled 415 flights between Monday and Friday, although a total of around 1,200 flights operated by various airlines will be grounded because of the lack of handling services at Spanish airports.

The first strike will be from Feb. 18 to Feb. 22.

For that reason in the cargo sector all other air companies will be over booked and we recomend make bookings asap.

For more information please feel free to contact us via our web form: CLICK HERE

Or rembember you can online now ask any enquiry, doubt to make any shipment, or any comment you want to make us trought our new plattaform.

Easy to contact with us with less than 3 clicks, we will assign one of our support staff will contact you and stay connected allways you will need support.

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