November 27 - A recent 'air cargo training day' delivered by the Baltic Air Charter Association (Baca) demonstrated how complicated the business of airfreight can be.

The event was held in London and included a series of presentations that highlighted the challenges of shipping cargo by air, including identifying the correct size and shape of the cargo; securing the optimum size of aircraft for that cargo; ensuring the cargo is in the correct place at the right time; obtaining all the export and import permits; and making sure the cargo is security cleared. 

When shipments such as animals and dangerous substances are factored into the equation - it immediately became clear to delegates just how complex air cargo can be.

This was crystallised by one of the presenters, Paul Furlonger of Ruslan International, who said: "Expect the unexpected, if you have done your planning correctly then everything should fall into place."