Air freight forwarding refers to the process of organizing the transport of cargo from one location to another by air. An air freight forwarder is not responsible for the actual transport of the cargo but simplifies the shipment process and takes responsibility for finding a carrier and the shipping process.

A freight forwarder that specializes in moving freight by air has contacts with companies that move freight using passenger aircraft or aircraft used solely to transport cargo. They have experience in moving cargo by the most efficient methods, are familiar with TSA requirements for freight and will negotiate the most economic air rates. They also have experience with international shipping, which have specific regulatory requirements, and will facilitate all required documentation for a shipment. This can include help with clearing customs, insuring the cargo and any logistics issues that arise.