April 17, 2017 Shipping Methods

The Differences Between Air Freight and Exclusive Truck for Expedited Shipping

Exclusive Truck Shipping

Expedited domestic shipping methods such as air freight and exclusive truck get your freight to the final destination quickly.

At one time or another, companies will need to get their products to a particular destination quickly. There are two options available for expedited shipping to domestic destinations – air freight and exclusive truck (also known as FTL ground). Making the right decision between the two will involve weighing the pros and cons of each method and determining which solution works best for your needs. An experienced logistics provider like AFP Global Logistics can also help you make the best choice for your needs. Here are some of the differences between air freight and exclusive truck for domestic expedited shipping.

Shipment Time

Air freight is a significantly faster option for shipping than exclusive truck, so this may be a key consideration if your freight needs to travel a long distance in a very short period of time. For example, companies looking to move perishable items will need to utilize air freight to ensure that their cargo makes it safely to the final destination.

Safety and Security

Also, security at airports is much tighter than on the roads. This heightened security makes air freight the way to go for companies shipping fragile and valuable items. And though the risk of a truck being hijacked on the roads is very minimal, accidents are still more common than in the air and potholes can damage your freight in transit.


On the other hand, if the cargo needs to travel a shorter distance, exclusive truck may be the best option because it is much more economical than air freight. Air fuel costs and fees are typically passed onto the shipper, which may make this cost-prohibitive for some shipments.

Shipment Size

Moreover, exclusive truck shipments can handle larger, heavier items more easily than air freight shipments. Airplane sizes vary and nearly all shipments handled in the air are subject to size and weight restrictions. And while it is possible to send heavy items through the air, the airlines may tack on weight surcharges.

AFP Global Logistics

For any and all of your freight shipping needs in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and beyond, look no further than AFP Global Logistics. We provide a full range of shipping and logistics services, and our 25 years in the business have given us the tools we need to create customized logistics solutions that are tailored to the needs of each client we serve. We have what it takes to provide superior shipping and logistics solutions in Washington DC, Maryland, and the greater Metro region that your business needs to thrive. For more information or to start designing your own logistic solutions today, get in touch with AFP Global Logistics at 410.590.1234 (toll-free 800.274.1237), email us at info@afplus.com, or fill out our quick and easy contact form here!

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