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Shipping for Christmas: getting it sent on time

There’s no doubt that for many, Christmas is well and truly one of the busiest times of the year, and this is no different for the freight forwarding industry.

In fact, when it comes to forwarding, there are generally two peak seasons, the first of which occurs during the summer, when many people send excess baggage and packages abroad during the holiday season, and the other of course, is Christmas.

No matter how busy we might be however, Tudor International Freight strives to offer the best possible service to all its customers and maintains all transit times as quoted at the beginning of the service.

Air Freight packages before Christmas

Although it would be a little late to use our specialist sea freight service to get packages to destinations in time for Christmas, our air freight service is ready and waiting to send any presents or packages you might have to anywhere in the world.

Bear in mind that most destinations have a transit time of around seven days, although it is always best to add a window of three extra days for peace of mind.

This means that you can send your goods to nearly anywhere in the world, right up until 15 December.

What you need to know about sending Christmas packages by air freight

As well as Christmas being much busier, it is also the time when people send more packages and gifts to destinations around the world.

With this in mind, it is important to know what should and should not be sent to destinations using air freight.

What can’t you send via air freight?

Although security around airports is very tight, which means that the risk of theft is far lower, each and every package must be screened by airport personnel, who will look for dangerous and hazardous goods that should not be sent via air freight.

Dangerous goods

There are certain goods that are regarded as “dangerous items”, even if they seem quite harmless. It is therefore against the law to send dangerous items via air freight if they have not been declared on a shippers inventory.

If you happen to be sending dangerous goods, and they have been confirmed in the above document, they must be packed and handled accordingly. It’s also worth pointing out that dangerous goods are also more expensive to send.

Items that are often considered to be dangerous in nature are perfumes, aftershaves, aerosols, paints, and corrosives. You can find a full list of what is considered to be hazardous and or dangerous, here.

It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that such items are not shipped alongside personal effects without being brought to our attention.

Valuable cargo

From cash, right through to traveller’s cheques, stamp collections, jewellery, and watches, these are highly valuable items that are not permitted to travel with Tudor International Freight.

You can find a full list of items that should not be shipped, here.

Waste materials

Although it’s unlikely that you would send waste materials via air freight (especially in the form of Christmas presents), there are strict anti-dumping laws that prevent the shipping of scrap metals and used tyres.

What about packing materials and insurance?

Of course, everyone wants to know that their packages are getting to their destinations safe and sound, which is why Tudor International Freight offers a great variety of packing and packaging for your shipping needs.

Including a range of different sized cartons, bubble wrap, and polystyrene fillings, find out more about what we offer to protect your packages.

When it comes to insurance, Tudor International Freight does not offer this service, but we can help you get in touch with a specialist insurance company should you request one.

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