Air Freight

International Air Freight Transportation Services

Looking for quotes for your next air freight shipment? UWL is here to help! Take advantage of our competitive rates and complete air services for small and medium-sized businesses. 

Air freight is the best mode of transport for companies presented with short lead times and tight deadlines, or who are transporting high-value commodities or perishable goods. Shipping via air minimizes the effects of movement and stress on the cargo and is a secure method of transport.

Frequent flights ensure speed and efficiency, and far-reaching destinations mean that your cargo can be air freighted virtually anywhere around the globe.

Our team of air freight experts is ready to connect your products to the rest of the world.

Our air Freight services

Whether you need urgent & time-sensitive, fast & affordable, economical, or specialized service, UWL is ready to deliver
  • Global air freight management
  • Door-to-door, next flight out (NFO), next day, second-day air & economy service
  • Time-definite service for sensitive delivery requirements
  • Preparation of certificates of origin (COO)
  • Consolidation/Deconsolidation (in select markets)
  • Arranging for legalization, inspections, & TSA cargo screening
  • Customs Brokerage services provided in-house for any U.S. destination
  • Project cargo
  • Air charter services

Introducing Direct, Transatlantic Air Freight Service to Germany

Weekly air cargo consolidation services from Houston to Germany
  • Direct, weekly flight from Houston to Germany with only 3-4 Day Transit
  • Guaranteed capacity – No cargo rolling!
  • No Splitting – Your freight will stay together throughout its journey
  • Dedicated terminal space – Avoid ground handling congestion/delays
  • Deconsolidation occurs in our customs-bonded warehouse
  • Freight available for pick-up within 12-24 hours of arrival into Germany.

The UWL Advantage

We are dedicated to delivering customized supply chain solutions that exceed expectations to customers across the globe

Airport-to-airport deliveries

Our global reach allows us to offer international air freight shipping services connecting the most important airports in the world. Airport-to-airport solutions are used mainly by companies that have their own local freight network but need to get shipments from abroad.

Door-to-door shipping

End-to-end logistics solution. We will take care of all the shipping details, from collection to delivery, ensuring your products arrive on time at the location of your choice. Temporary warehousing can also be arranged in combination with air freight delivery services.

Multimodal transport services

Across our logistics network, we can combine shipping capabilities via land, rail, sea, and air, which allows us to serve complex shipping requirements and businesses in remote locations. Last-mile delivery will be arranged via van or truck transport, so you can rest assured your air cargo shipment will arrive safely at the location of your choice.

When shipments arrive at a port of entry in the United States, they are subject to inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). During this process, CBP officers inspect the documents associated with the shipment to ensure that all required information is present and accurate. 

The most common documents required for clearance are:

    • Proof of insurance
    • Invoice (unless a commercial sample is worth less than $25)
    • Port spending (when applicable)
    • A packing list
    • Certificate of origin (when applicable) 
    • Air waybill, inland bill of lading, through bill of lading, and ocean bill of lading 
    • Pre-shipment inspection certificate (when applicable)
    • Transportation invoice

    Once CBP has verified all the necessary documentation, they will clear the shipment for entry into the United States.

After your shipment has been inspected and all required import documentation has been filed, you’ll need to pay any taxes or duties owed on the goods before Customs will release them for delivery. The amount of tax and duty owed depends on several factors, including the type of goods you’re importing, their declared value, and the applicable customs laws. 

For example, if you’re responsible for paying taxes and duties (i.e., if your shipment is delivered duty unpaid, or DDU), you need to arrange for payment with the customs authority in your country before they can deliver the goods. 

On the other hand, if your shipment is delivered duty paid (DDP), the taxes and duties are included in the price of the goods, and you won’t need to make any additional payments. Either way, it’s essential to be aware of the potential costs involved in importing goods so that you can budget accordingly and avoid a late payment penalty.

After Customs inspects and assesses the goods, they are released from the warehouse where they have been held. The release process can vary depending on the type of imported goods but typically involves paying any customs duties or taxes owed. Once the release paperwork has been completed, the importer can take possession of the goods and move them to their final destination.

In some cases, goods may be released on a conditional basis, meaning that they must meet specific requirements before they can be moved off-site. For example, toxic chemicals may need to be appropriately labeled and packaged before they are released from customs. Ultimately, the customs clearance process aims to ensure that all imported goods meet all applicable regulations before they enter the domestic market.

When sending international shipments, be aware that they need to clear customs in each country your goods must pass through. This means that your goods will be subject to a customs clearance check in each country, and each country’s customs clearance process may have its requirements, standards, etc.

One of the best ways to ensure successful customs clearance is to expect multiple checks. This way, you can be prepared with all the required documents and information for each country and know exactly what to expect at each process step. It’s also a good idea to research the customs clearance requirements of each country in advance so that you can be sure your goods meet all the necessary standards.

For anyone importing goods into the United States, be aware of the potential customs clearance fees that may be owed. These fees are based on the value of the imported goods and the specific tax rates that apply to those goods under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. In most cases, importers are also required to purchase a bond as surety that all taxes and duties will be paid.

To calculate the overall cost of customs clearance, importers should first determine the value of their goods. They can do this by adding up the cost of all individual items and any shipping or insurance charges. Once they know the total value, importers can look up the specific tax rates that apply to their goods under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. 

These rates vary depending on the type of goods being imported, so it is important to consult the Harmonized Tariff Schedule beforehand. Finally, importers should multiply the total value of their goods by the appropriate tax rate to calculate the taxes and duties they will owe.

While navigating the customs clearance process can be tricky, taking the time to calculate taxes and duties upfront can help ensure a smooth and successful importation. In addition, by knowing how much is owed in fees, importers can avoid any unexpected charges or delays at the border.


The purpose of customs clearance is to ensure that all applicable import duties and taxes are paid and that goods comply with all relevant regulations. To clear customs, businesses or individuals must provide detailed information about the shipment, including its value, origin, destination, and contents. 

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The purpose of customs clearance is to ensure that all applicable import duties and taxes are paid and that goods comply with all relevant regulations. To clear customs, businesses or individuals must provide detailed information about the shipment, including its value, origin, destination, and contents. 


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