FedEx® international air freight shipping

FedEx® international air freight shipping

Access global markets and expand your business with FedEx international air freight shipping


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What is international air freight shipping?

International air freight shipping allows you to import and export shipments weighing more than 150 lbs. With our international service options, you can ship to up to 130 countries and territories and get time-definite delivery. Plus, even when there’s compression on market capacity in international shipping lanes, we make an effort to maintain capacity, with a focus on Asia Pacific and European Union countries and territories. 

 

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When you ship with our international air freight services, you get:

When you ship with our international air freight
services, you get:

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  • Delivery in 1–5 business days to most major world markets and territories

Delivery in 1–5 business days to most major world markets and territories

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  • Reliable services and easy-to-use tools for end-to-end visibility and tracking

Reliable services and easy-to-use tools for end-to-end visibility and tracking

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  • Competitive rate quotes within an hour1

Competitive rate quotes within an hour1

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  • Assistance from our team of freight customer service experts

Assistance from our team of freight customer service experts

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FedEx international air freight delivery details

Wondering which international air freight service is best for your business? Compare the major differences between our priority and economy shipping options below. 

  FedEx International Priority® Freight  FedEx International Economy® Freight
Delivery time

Typically 1, 2, or 3 business days

Typically within 5 business days
Export

From the U.S. to more than 130 countries and territories, with delivery typically in:

  • 1 business day to major Canadian cities
  • 2 business days to major European cities
  • 3 business days to major Asian cities

From the U.S. to more than 130 countries and territories, with delivery typically in:

  • 2–3 business days to Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico
  • 5 business days to most other available destinations
Import2 To the U.S. from more than 105 countries and territories

To the U.S. from more than 50 countries and territories, with delivery typically in:

  • 2–3 business days from Canada and Puerto Rico
  • 5 business days from Mexico and key Asian, Latin American, and European markets

Service details, packaging guidelines, and other options for shipping global air freight

Whether you choose to ship via priority or economy, both air freight services provide these features:

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Service details

  • Get time-definite delivery.
  • Shipments are delivered Monday–Friday. Saturday delivery is available in countries where Saturday is considered a regular business day.
  • Pickup, linehaul, and customs clearance are included with the service costs. You can choose to have our brokers (FedEx Trade Networks®) handle customs clearance. You can have us arrange pickup and delivery at the airport. Or you can take care of these services on your own through the customs broker of your choice (Broker Select Option).
  • Use the FedEx® Expanded Service International Air Waybill if you use paper air waybills.
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Packaging guidelines

  • Individual skids must weigh 151 lbs. or more. The total shipment weight is unlimited.
  • Skids that weigh more than 2,200 lbs. or exceed 70" in height, 119" in length, or 80" in width require prior approval.
  • Freight must be palletized, stackable, forkliftable, and shrinkwrapped and/or banded to a skid.
  • Individual pieces over 150 lbs. must be banded to the pallet with either metal strapping or unbreakable plastic straps that are applied around the box or skid on all sides.
  • Hardened containers (plywood, metal) that aren’t banded must have an exterior lock or clamp. Glue, nails, and screws are not sufficient.
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Optional tools and resources

  • Get the tools and answers you need to help make your returns process easy with FedEx® Global Returns.
  • Use FedEx Supply Chain® for help with a complex supply chain and with shipping high-value products.
  • Streamline customs clearance and get time-definite, door-to-door delivery for controlled exports with FedEx International Controlled Export.
 

Additional options available for FedEx International Priority® Freight

  • Get end-to-end visibility for high-value, mission-critical, or temperature-sensitive shipments with FedEx Priority Alert®.
  • Use FedEx® Third Party Consignee to offer a neutral delivery service option for importers who want to bypass their distribution center and have the manufacturer ship directly to the end recipient.
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Still not sure which option is best for your business?

Our solution-finder tool can help.

Get a rate quote to ship international air freight

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Use MyQuote to get fast, competitive spot quotes. 

U.S.-outbound shipments that weight 250 lbs. or more (dim weight or actual weight). Applies to U.S. payers only.

Other options to get air freight quotes:  

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How are freight rates calculated?

Freight shipping costs are affected by factors such as origin and destination, surcharges, changes in currency, duties and taxes, and discounts.

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Save up to 70% on FedEx Freight® shipping when you create an account.

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Shipping instructions for international priority and economy freight

Already know which international freight service is right for your business? Use these 10 easy steps to get started. And our FedEx International Shipping Assist tool can help you prepare your shipment and complete the necessary forms.

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International freight tracking

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Track your international freight shipment online

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Send an email to check the status of your shipment

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Packing international air freight

To ship freight that weighs more than 150 lbs. and help it arrive safely at its destination, you’ll need to be sure it is properly packaged. Learn the essentials with our Packaging Guidelines for Shipping Freight

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Scheduling an international freight pickup

What you need to know before you schedule a pickup:

  • You can request a one-time pickup at the same time you create your shipping label.
  • You can arrange for a pickup online for the same day only.
  • 3 p.m. local time is the general cutoff time for scheduling a pickup.
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You can request a one-time pickup at the same time you create your shipping label.

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You can arrange for a pickup online for the same day only.

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3 p.m. local time is the general cutoff time for scheduling a pickup.

Get step-by-step instructions for scheduling an international freight pickup online. 

Answers to your international freight shipping questions

I need help with international freight shipping, but I don’t have a sales rep. How can I talk to an expert?

Request a consultation. A FedEx sales consultant will call you in 1 to 2 business days.

 

What is international freight shipping?

International freight shipping refers to imported or exported shipments that weigh more than 150 lbs. Our air freight service options—FedEx International Priority Freight and FedEx International Economy® Freight—deliver to most major world markets in 1–5 business days.   

 

What are the differences between FedEx International Priority Freight and FedEx International Economy Freight?

The primary difference between our priority and economy services is delivery time. With FedEx International Priority Freight, delivery typically takes 1–3 business days. With FedEx International Economy Freight, it typically takes 2–5 business days. Learn more about the benefits and service details for both delivery options.

 

How much does international freight shipping cost?

To determine costs for international shipping to and from the U.S., use our standard rate-finder tool

To get a fast, competitive spot quote, log in to your FedEx account and use our MyQuote or FedEx Great Rates Hotline tool.

 

Where can I find general information on freight shipping and packing?

To learn about freight shipping, including how to pack it and calculate costs, visit our freight shipping page.  

Other international shipping services

Don’t see what you need on this page? Learn more about how to ship:

1MyQuote hours of operation are 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Central time. If your request falls outside of these operating hours, please feel free to submit this form with your spot request details so we may follow up the next business day. Some destinations may require more time to confirm availability.

2The terms and conditions of the country of origin apply to U.S. import shipments.