What You Need To Know When Chartering Aircraft Cargo With A Broker?

Posted on October 17, 2019 Jerold Perkins Aviation

If you’re a freight forwarder, then you know how complicated it can be to charter cargo for a major entity. On top of carrying precious cargo, there is a large amount of money involved in the process. Because it’s such a delicate process, freight forwarders have taken to working with charter brokers in order to help manage their order fulfillments. But before you begin negotiations with a broker, it helps to know what you can do to get the most out of your partnership.

 
Give As Much Detail As You Can Provide
Communication is key. Brokers can’t help you if they don’t know what you need. Be sure to provide exact details on location needed for delivery and pickup. A good broker will know the best charter airport to serve your needs and, contrary to popular belief, it’s not always the airport closest to you. In addition to providing as much info as you can, ensure that it is the correct airport information. It wouldn’t benefit you to surprise your brokers by having a crate turn up that’s larger than what was specified. Finally, if you need something expedited, keep in mind that the more details you give, the faster a charter broker can help fulfill your shipment.
 
Make Sure You’re Using The Right Service
It’s important to note that you won't always need a charter broker to get the job done. While brokers will be happy to help you when they can, they may not be necessary or the most ideal solution for your chartering needs. Depending on the air cargo, some freight forwarders might be better off using an express air freight service or another courier to meet their economic and chartering needs.
 
Make Sure You’re Clear on Your Contract
If your broker and the contract that they’ve drafted is transparent, then that’ll make it all the more easier for you to understand what you’ve agreed upon and what your expectations are. If there is any ambiguity in the contract, or you feel that the broker is being vague on details, ask for clarification. After all, you don’t want to jump into an agreement you’re not 100% clear on only to be surprised when an expectation isn’t met.
 
Follow Through With The Advice Given
If your charter broker is providing details on airport guidelines, certain restrictions on your cargo or weather alerts, take them seriously and note them down. If a charter transport is booked and these details were not noted, your critical freight could experience some critical damage or delay. You could mitigate such potential scenarios by taking in your brokers’ advice. Oftentimes they’ll go the extra step for you and create alternative plans to help meet your needs.
 
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