Book Onboard Couriers to Hand Carry Your Most Critical Shipments

Provide peace of mind with hand delivery service from AIT

Don't let tight connections or documentation issues stand in the way of on-time delivery for your most crucial cargo.

When even next flight out services aren't hands-on enough, consider hand delivery service via an onboard courier (called "hand carry," for short).

Read on to learn more about hand delivery service and find out if hand carry via an onboard courier is the right fit for your needs.

What is the hand carry process?

After AIT schedules a pickup of your package, an AIT logistics professional travels with your shipment in-hand, ensuring speedy and safe transportation to the airport.

Rather than the 24- to 72-hour wait time of normal cargo, hand delivery shipments are carried on the plane in the passenger cabin. Without delay, the onboard courier boards and deplanes the aircraft with hands on your shipment the entire time.

After your onboard courier arrives at the destination airport, a dedicated vehicle immediately picks up your shipment and delivers it to its destination.

Explore the benefits of hand delivery service via an onboard courier

When booked as "cargo," your shipments move through air freight facilities and fly under the plane's main deck as aircraft belly cargo. But with hand carry shipments, speed reigns—and avoiding dwell time is essential.

Clear customs faster
With hand delivery services via an onboard courier, your shipment will clear customs soon after arriving at the destination airport. By cutting out the more time-consuming steps of larger shipments, hand carry services expedite delivery of critical and time-sensitive products.

Secure chain of custody
Using an onboard courier to transport products also helps maintain a constant, in-transit chain of custody throughout the lifecycle of a shipment, while adding a personal touch. In line-down emergencies and other high stakes, urgent situations, hand delivery service provides a dependable way to ensure your critical items arrive as soon as possible.

What types of shipments commonly travel by hand delivery service?

Urgent and high-value shipments from all types of industries benefit from the quick transport of hand carry service, including life sciences commodities, circuit boards, sensitive electronics, telecommunications devices, automotive parts, product samples and more.

Hand carry vs. air, sea charter

AIT offers many transportation logistics services that deliver products quickly and safely to their final destinations all over the world. Depending on the specific needs of your critical shipments, air or sea charter might be a good fit for you, as well.

Our exclusive air and sea charters enable secure transport wherever your freight is headed. And AIT's expert logistics team will craft a shipping plan tailored to your specifications and budget.

Air Charters

  • Full and partial charter
  • Extensive core carrier relationships
  • Sensitive cargo, including government, aerospace, hazardous and high-value material

Sea Charters

  • Service to all ports, including deep water and restricted areas
  • Complete project management
  • Full-service options for any vessel and storage type

Trust AIT's hand carry service for your most vital shipments

For your most critical packages, you need a hand delivery service partner you can count on. When you partner with AIT, you'll enjoy hand carry service that comes with the personal, expert touch of a reliable, experienced logistics provider.

To get started today, or learn more, contact an AIT representative.

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