1. How is volume/chargeable weight calculated for an airfreight shipment?

A Volume or dimensional weight is calculated by taking the external dimensions of all pieces and multiplying Length X Width X Height and dividing by 6000 to give a dimensional weight in kgs. Ex 1 skid weighing 100 kgs with dimension of 122cm X 102cm 160cm would be calculated by taking 122x102x160 and dividing by 6000 to get a dimensional or chargeable weight in kgs of 331.84 kgs or rounded up, 332 kgs chargeable weight.

2. What is the height allowed on a passenger aircraft for an air cargo shipment?

Although aircraft equipment types vary greatly, for the most part a passenger carrying wide body aircraft are limited to a maximum height of 63 inches to allow for loading in the lower deck (belly) compartment.

3. What is a Navcan fee for?

Navcan Fees are assessed by Navigation Canada, and cover the costs of air traffic control within Canadian Airspace. These fees are assessed on all inbound and outbound airfreight shipments being flown on International routes, and apply to the greater of actual or chargeable weight. The fees currently are Min 5.00 or 0.07/kg CAD.

4. Who is responsible for Air Cargo Security in Canada?

The Air Cargo Security Program Mandate Transport Canada and the air cargo industry maintain an Air Cargo Security Program (“the Program”) that meets the highest aviation security standards.

  • Reduces risks to the safety and security of the traveling public; and
  • Keeps goods moving in and out of Canada efficiently.

Starting October 17, 2016, air cargo can be screened and made secure as early as the time it is packed, and up until the time it is tendered to an air carrier. If a business wants to be involved in screening, storing, transporting, tendering and / or accepting secure air cargo, it can apply to participate in Transport Canada’s Air Cargo Security Program.