Choosing what to send by air freight when relocating is a tricky matter.
If you are taking a job in Abu Dhabi it is likely that you will be offered a comprehensive shipping package as part of your contract. Typically (but not always) this will include a small air allowance and a larger ‘container sized’ shipping allowance.
Getting this sorted is slightly complicated at first as you need to understand what each of these allowances actually means in real terms of ‘your stuff’.
And, more importantly, when you will actually get things at your destination...
Shipping and Freight has more information on what you need to consider and what types of forms need completing in advance.
If you are lucky enough to be allocated some air freight, it will probably be around 140kg.
In simple terms this is about 4 suitcases worth of normal holiday luggage, so not that much really.
Choosing what goes in this air vs sea is important as there a few limiting factors – thngs that require some forethought!
- It will
leave your home before you do.
The whole consignment (shipping and air) will be packed up and begin its journey at the same time. This means you will have to cope without it, somehow, until you fly off.
Consider your timing carefully when booking the packing dates with the shipping company.
#2 - It still takes about 14 to 21 days to reach you.
This is important, because you be without these things either back home before you fly, and/or for a while in Abu Dhabi when you arrive.
For example, the kettle and mugs seemed like a good idea to pack in the air consignment, but actually, after a delayed visa which delayed the departure of our shipping consignment (that includes the air freight), we naturally purchased a new set!
#3 - Weight matters, (which is less of an issue with the shipping where size matters more)
The 140kg limit is very quickly filled by not much – especially if you have small children and things like highchairs etc are in the mix.
Just like the shipping,
the air items will be subject to inspection by customs on arrival. It is
imperative that you have read, understood and adhered to the Customs
Regulations for Abu Dhabi.
Just like the shipping, the air items will be subject to inspection by customs on arrival. It is imperative that you have read, understood and adhered to the Customs Regulations for Abu Dhabi.
Now that you have you
head around the logistics and timing of the air freight, here
Now that you have you head around the logistics and timing of the air freight, hereis an example of an air consignment that was within the 140kg limit...
For more information on creating your own shipping or air frieght lists and inventory, check out Shipping and Freight.