Moving Overseas by Air Freight

International Air Freight Movers


When moving, most people look at their belongings as fitting in one of several categories. Some items can be shipped ahead, some items must travel with them, and others can be left behind. For those items that must arrive quickly or on a deadline, air freight can be a great choice.

While convenient and fast, air freight is generally only used for lightweight items or those that require special handling. The cost of air freight is determined by whichever measure is higher – chargeable weight (a measure of volume) or actual weight. The formula for calculating chargeable weight can be tricky for most people but working with international movers will make it a breeze.

Here is how you calculate your chargeable weight. For each package, you will multiply the LxWxH. This gives you the cubic inches of your package. Then, you will divide this result by 366 to get the chargeable weight in kilograms. You will need to apply this formula for each individual box and the total of all boxes will be your chargeable weight.

Here are some of the rules you must follow for air freight.

  • Packages for air freight cannot weigh more than 100 lbs.
  • The LxWxH for each package cannot exceed 90 inches.
  • Do not pack fluids with your cargo.
  • No perishable or hazardous materials may be included.
  • Detailed inventory is required for each box.
  • You must include contact information on each individual box.
  • Any airline seals applied to your goods must remain intact until they arrive for inspection.

When moving overseas, sea and land freight can take weeks. Air freight is significantly faster, taking a week at the most, and even faster if you fly with it.

Air freight is not always a perfect solution, but there are things you can do to prepare your shipment to arrive safely. At the individual box level, you should pack your items with care, not overstuffing your boxes or leaving fragile items unwrapped. Many air freight shipments are secured on pallets, but a pallet can only do so much. How you pack your items into your individual boxes is the best indicator of success or failure.

Other air freight items are packed into Corrugated Fiberboard Boxes, or CFBs. These heavy-duty cartons are designed to withstand weight and abuse as long as they remain dry. Wood crates are another popular option.

Three Men and a Truck

Shipping your household goods by air freight is fast and convenient, but the process itself can be complicated. Working with an overseas moving company like Three Men and a Truck will make it easy. From calculating your chargeable weight to ensuring that your pallets are stacked correctly, our moving experts can do all the heavy lifting. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation moving price quote.


Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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