Air freight is often used for high value/low volume shipments.
Airports worldwide can be reached in 1 or 2 days or in a few hours by airfreight, thus reducing the risks of theft, pilferage and damage to the goods. Delivery to certain areas may take several weeks to arrive by ocean. Airfreight has a tighter control over its cargo, thus it has better security that reduces the cargo exposure to theft, pilferage and damage.Airfreight requires less packaging because of faster delivery and better security. Less packaging may mean saving freight, packaging and labour costs.
Airfreight is faster and has better security than ocean freight, thus the insurance premium rate generally is lower.
The document covering the carriage of goods by airfreight is called an air waybill (AWB) which is not a negotiable document, and there is no original AWB to be given to the consignee to enter into possession of the goods. The consignment is placed at the disposal of the stipulated consignee against proof of identity, a signed receipt and payment of charges, if any.