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Air Freight your Unaccompanied Baggage

Air freight is the quick and convenient way to send your unaccompanied or excess baggage overseas. Save on airport hotel bills and work/holiday schedule disruptions by letting us take on the responsibility for transporting your excess baggage; either to your destination airport or to your door.

Excess Baggage's approach takes things to an even higher level, thanks to an unrivalled network of airport offices with access to today's widest range of competitively priced air freight services.

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Our attention to detail is very much part of the service. Three to 14 days (depending on your destination) after you hand us your excess baggage, the receiving airline/handling agent will call you to let you know that your baggage has arrived. Two to four days later, they will be able to release your baggage to you (after customs clearance).

What will it cost? Much less than you might imagine, with prices based on total weight, or on size for items such as bicycles and surfboards.

To work out the chargeable weight of your consignment use our volumetric weight calculator.

To Door Service
Our full service air freight package. From the time we pick up your unaccompanied baggage to its delivery at destination, we handle everything for you. All standard clearance and delivery charges are pre-paid in the UK, and your excess baggage will be delivered to your home (kerb-side only unless you have made other arrangements).

Door to destination airport
With this package, Excess Baggage offers three levels of service. They are:

Airport Uncleared
Once your unaccompanied baggage has arrived at its destination airport, you will be contacted to personally collect and clear it through customs - settling all destination charges as necessary.

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Economy - Airport Uncleared
This service - which shares the main features of Airport Uncleared above, but is offered only at Excess Baggage's terminal offices - provides greater flexibility by enabling you to deposit your unaccompanied baggage until 2200 at all Heathrow terminals and on a 24-hour basis at Gatwick South terminal. Fully booked and paid-for baggage in airport storage is allocated to the next available flight - which often means consignments arrive more quickly than by our standard Airport Uncleared service.

Express - Airport Uncleared
Our Express - Airport Uncleared service ensures that your baggage arrives within three to five days. As before, you will be required to collect and clear your items through customs - and meet all charges.

A few things to remember

Getting someone else to collect
If you wish someone else to collect your baggage, you must provide Excess Baggage with a letter of authority (in some countries you are still required to collect your unaccompanied baggage personally).

Security handling
All unaccompanied baggage requires a fully completed security declaration form.

Items that we cannot ship
Aerosols, batteries, explosives, corrosives, firearms and ammunition, radioactive material, perfume, pressurised or unpressurised cylinders and/or similar type containers, paint, fuel and/or fuel tanks, or weapons of any description, etc.

Baggage containing such items may be subject to delay and extra charges, which will be debited to the sender's account.

Please note that your baggage may be subject to X-ray and/or hand search at the complete discretion of our own security staff and airline or airport security. A 24-hour security holding period is mandatory.

If you have security questions relating to air freight, unaccompanied baggage or airport storage, call our office on 0800 5244 822, +44 20 8324 2066 or email customer.service@excess-baggage.com

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