Companies of any size can use consolidation service, but it is particularly useful for organizations with lean supply chains or business that operate in just in time (JIT) environments. Cargo Consolidation significantly keeps transportation costs down while developing long term collaboration with partner carriers. These allow the control of customer shipment seamless end to end.
Shippers use consolidated air once they need a faster transit time however it’s costlier than ocean. Virtually all air freight is consolidated. Airlines will only accept freight from freight forwarders or consolidators. It’s not feasible for airlines to individually load 500 cartons onto an aircraft within the compressed timeframes between landing and take-off. Freight are loaded onto a unit load device (ULD) essentially a 244 x 318 cm (96 x125 inch) which makes it easy to load into a plane. Forwarders consolidate freight from multiple shipper on a ULD and tender it as a built unit to the airline or collate freight from multiple shippers to airline therefore the airline builds the ULDs.