Chapter 5: Air freight from China to Canada
Like sea freight, air freight is also a popular means of cargo transportation from China to Canada.
Freighting cargo by air is mostly preferred due its shorter lead times.
In comparison to sea freight, air freight can deliver goods to Canada in less than a week.
By sea, however, deliveries take 5-8 weeks from China to Canada.
Air freight, therefore, is the best shipping option for high-value goods and those that are time bound.
Now, while being faster, air freight is costly.
It is thus best recommended for small and light shipments.
Otherwise, the costs of shipping might overwhelm you.
That said, when considering air freight from China to Canada, you need to be conversant with the origin and destination airports.
Knowing these will play a key role in ensuring the smooth transportation, and clearing of your cargo.
Here are the main airports in China and Canada:
5.1. Main Airports in China
China has so many airports just like it has many seaports.
Main Airports in China
Well, being the giant economy and world’s number exporter, we expect no less.
Of the many airports that China has, these are the main ones used for international shipping:
i. Beijing Capital International Airport
ii. Shanghai Pudong International Airport
iii. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
iv. Hong Kong International Airport
v. Xian Xianyang International Airport
vi. Kunming Changshui International Airport
vii. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
viii. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport
ix. Hangzhou Xiao Shan International Airport
x. Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
xi. Changsha Huanghua International Airport
xii. Qingdao Liuting International Airport
xiii. Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
xiv. Haikou Meilan International Airport
xv. ÜrümqiDiwopu International Airport
xvi. Tianjin Binhai International Airport
xvii. Phoenix International Airport
xviii. Harbin Taiping International Airport
xix. Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
xx. Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
xxi. Taiyuan Wusu International Airport
xxii. Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport
xxiii. Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
xxiv. Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport
When shipping from China to Canada by air, any of the listed airports can serve as your origin airport.
So choose wisely.
5.2. Main Airports in Canada
Knowing the airports that your cargo will be landing to in Canada is equally essential.
Canada major airports
In Canada, these are the main airports that your cargo can land in from China:
· Toronto Pearson International Airport
The Toronto Pearson international airport is Canada largest and busiest airport both regardingfreight and passenger throughput.
The airport is situated close to downtown Toronto and is easily accessible via some of the country’s well-integrated transport systems.
Thousands of airlines service this airport including AeroLogic, FedEx Express, Cathay Pacific, Korean air cargo, Lufthansa and UPS.
The airlines services over 180 cities across America, Europe, and Asia.
· Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport
When shipping to Canada, there is no larger gateway than shipping through the Montreal-Pierre Trudeau International airport.
The airport which you can find not far from downtown Montreal provides a secure and reliable air shipping experience.
With services throughout America, Asia and Africa, this airport is ideal for many shippers from China.
This airport note is a non-profit corporation that is owned and operated by Transport Canada,
It is also the largest and busiest airport serving the province of Quebec and its environs.
· Vancouver International Airport
The Vancouver international airport is a prestigious airport found in Canada’s downtown British Colombia.
The airport is often referred to as the best airport in the world and has even won an award for best North American airport.
Vancouver airport serves several destinations across North America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
By employing over 26,000 workers and using the latest equipment, this airport can provide you with hassle-free shipping to Canada.
· Calgary International Airport
If you are looking to have smooth and stress-free shipping, Calgary international airport should be your choice airport.
The airport has many cargo facilities all built and maintained to international standards.
It employs over 25,000 employs who work day and night to ensure customers enjoy the best airport services.
This airport is larger what most imagine.
It covers an area of about 8.25 square miles with four active runways.
The airport has two terminals.
For its cargo operations, Calgary airport has allotted over 3,000,000 square ft. of warehouse space.
· Other Airports in Canada
Other airports in Canada that you can consider for international shipping from China include:
- Edmonton international airport
- Ottawa MacDonald Cartier international airport
- Winnipeg James Armstrong international airport
- Halifax Stanfield international airport
- Billy Bishop Toronto city international airports
5.3. Cheapest Air Freight to Canada
Air freight as I’ve said to you before is quite expensive.
Therefore, it is not surprising that you as an importer will be on the lookout for a cheaper air shipping option.
Well, here is the truth about international freight:
Shipping companies are always out to make money.
This is why you’ll sometimes find that shipping rates are obnoxious and sometimes low.
Air Canada Cargo
The good news, however, is that you’ll always find the cheapest shipping solution, if you need and look for one.
The trick is to know your options.
Otherwise, you will have to shell out additional cash to get your cargo to Canada.
So unless and mark my words UNLESS your cargo needs to get to Canada yesterday – there are ways of cutting down your shipping costs.
You just need to apply the following tips correctly and not pay attention to what shipping companies tell you.
· Choose the most Cost-effective Carrier
As I said, shipping companies are often out to make money.
This is why you’ll find rates differing significantly from one company to the next.
If you need to ship but have a limited budget, it is best to stay away from expensive freight carriers.
Just do your research on the possible carriers, compare their rates and choose the one that offers reasonable prices.
· Choose an Indirect Route
One thing that most shippers fail to remember is that direct routes often cost more.
It is just like booking a direct flight – it will cost you more than it would if you book a connecting flight.
Similar to passenger flights, the more the connecting stops in cargo flights, the cheaper the flight.
The problem with this is that it will take longer for your cargo to reach Canada which doesn’t matter, right?
What matters is that in the end, you be able to save some money.
· Choose an Open Pallet
If you choose a closed pallet, you are paying more than you would for an openpallet.
Naturally in air freight, having your closed pallet/s will provide your cargo with the greatest safety there is.
However, you pay for that.
If you want to mitigate costs, therefore, choose an open pallet – it is the cheapest option.
· Avoid Heavy Packaging
The more packaging material you use for your items, the more weight and volume you add to them.
Therefore, this will account for the total chargeable weight of your cargo.
The best thing to do in this case is to avoid using heavy packaging material.
Use lighter materials like bubble wraps whose weight is trifling.
· Book your Shipping Space in Advance
Want to save on air freight cost? Well, then this one way to do it.
Shipping companies want to fill their spaces early, and they will give massive discounts to allot those spaces.
It is critical for them to utilise the aeroplane to close to its full capacity to avoid wasted spaces.
So don’t let this pass you.
Now, it is no doubt that air freight always cost a lot, but luckily, there are ways of mitigating the costs.
Air China Cargo
What I have listed above is just some of the ways that you can lower your air freight costs.
You can learn more by talking to an expert freight forwarder and experimenting with these tips alongside others that you find.
Now, you’ve read about sea freight and air freight, but you are not sure if either of those is right for your shipping needs.
Well, you might want to consider this next option.