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Our excellent relationships with airlines allow us to offer competitive rates and an efficient and accurate management of your cargo transport.

Our Airfreight section handles numerous airfreight shipments every day. With daily flights to all destinations worldwide, this is a fast, pressurised but exciting environment that requires experience and expertise. We react successfully to consignments of all kinds. Ranging from:

  • Perishable Shipments
  • Valuable and Vulnerable Shipments
  • Live Animals
  • Human Remains
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Ship Spares
  • Fragile Goods
  • Wet Goods
  • Magnetized Materials

Furthermore, our Multiple Gateway System ensures enough uplift capacity, even in peak season. Our communicative and friendly staff will handle your shipment vigilantly at all times.

S. Curmi & Sons has access to consolidated and back to back services to suit all, whether shipments are required to be shipped up to airport or need to be cleared and delivered right to the consignee’s door.

Our Airfreight Import section is the heart of our Company. Since founded in 1975 we handled Airfreight shipments daily, at that time only from the previous Air Malta Warehouse situated at the old Airport Terminal and until today we never looked back. We can call ourselves experts in this field.

Today, Airfreight Imports has expanded to more than one Airline warehouse into which we have direct access, being a Licenced Burdnar and Customs Clearing Agent.

We have personnel available to customs clear and release import shipments upon arrival, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Deliveries are affected upon release of shipment and done by our dedicated delivery persons with whom we have constant contact via VHF radios and Mobile Phones. We have  direct computer link with The Customs Computerised Electronic System ( for Non EU Imports ) and with the National Statistics Office ( for EU Imports ).

We specialise in various aspects of Import Shipments:

S. Curmi & Sons has access to consolidated and back to back services to suit all, whether shipments are required to be shipped up to airport or need to be cleared and delivered right to the consignee’s door.

 

international pictorial perishable label

Perishable Articles are items that are subject to decay, ruin or destruct.  Such items can be damaged due to changes in temperature, climate, altitude or other exposures.  Example: fresh food, plants, pharmaceuticals.

 VALUABLE SHIPMENTS

 Valuable Articles are items that have considerable material or monetary worth.  Each valuable shipment must be packed in a suitable container and sealed by respective airline.  Such cargo is normally released upon arrival.  Example: bank notes, diamonds, precious stones, gold, platinum.

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VULNERABLE SHIPMENTS

 Vulnerable Articles are items that are liable to be stolen and are ready to be marketed.  This kind of cargo shall always be stored either in strong rooms, or in constant surveillance areas.  Example: peripherals, hi-fi, semi-precious articles.

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LIVE ANIMALS

 

live animals

Live animals are shipped in a pressurized and temperature controlled area of the plane.  Kennels, cages and any other container used to carry live animals must be big enough so that animals have enough room to stand up and turn around.  Every container must at least have one food and one water bowl secured to it. 

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HUMAN REMAINS

Whether cremated or uncremated human remains can be shipped to most countries against a death certificate issued by appropriate authorities in the country that person died.  Uncremated human remains are to be shipped in a lead or zinc inner coffin, and a wooden outer coffin, which is then covered by canvas.  Cremated human remains are to be shipped in an urn.

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DANGEROUS GOODS


Dangerous goods are substances which pose risk to health, safety, property or the environment during operation and/or transportation.  They are divided into classes on the basis of the specific chemical characteristics producing the risk.

Classification and labeling summary tables

Class 1: Explosives

Explosives

Explosive Dangerous Goods have compatibility group letters assigned to facilitate segregation during transport. The letters used range from A to S excluding the letters I, M, O, P, Q and R. The example above shows an explosive with a compatibility group "A" (shown as 1.1A). The actual letter shown would depend on the specific properties of the substance being transported.

• 1.1 Explosives with a mass explosion hazard (Ex: TNT, dynamite, nitroglycerine.)
• 1.2 Explosives with a severe projection hazard.
• 1.3 Explosives with a fire, blast or projection hazard but not a mass explosion hazard.
• 1.4 Minor fire or projection hazard (includes ammunition and most consumer fireworks).
• 1.5 An insensitive substance with a mass explosion hazard (explosion similar to 1.1)
• 1.6 Extremely insenstive articles.
 

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Class 2: Gases

Gases which are compressed, liquefied or dissolved under pressure as detailed below. Some gases have subsidiary risk classes; poisonous or corrosive.
 


Flammable Gas

  • 2.1 Flammable gas - Gases which ignite on contact with an ignition source.  Example: acetylene, hydrogen.

Non Flammable Gas

  • 2.2 Non-Flammable Gases - Gases which are neither flammable nor poisonous.  Example: nitrogen, neon.   Includes the cryogenic gases/liquids (temperatures of below -100 °C) used for cryopreservation and rocket fuels.


Poison Gas

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Class 3: Flammable liquids

Flammable Liquid

Flammable liquids included in Class 3 are included in one of the following packing groups:

  •   Packing Group I, if they have an initial boiling point of 35°C or less at an absolute pressure of 101.3 kPa and any flash point.  Example: diethyl ether, carbon disulfide.
  • Packing Group II, if they have an initial boiling point greater than 35°C at an absolute pressure of 101.3 kPa and a flash point less than 23°C; or Example: gasoline (petrol), acetone.
  • Packing Group III, if the criteria for inclusion in Packing Group I or II are not met.Ex: kerosene, diesel.

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Class 4: Flammable solids

Flammable Solid


Spontanesouly Combustible

Dangerous when wet

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Class 5: Oxidizing Agents & Organic Peroxides

Oxidizer

Organic Peroxide

 

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Class 6: Toxic and Infectious Substances

Poison

Infectious Substance

  • 6.2 Biohazardous substances.  Example: virus cultures, pathology specimens, used intravenous needles. Divided into two categories by the WHO: Cat. A (infectious) and Cat. B (samples).

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Class 7: Radioactive Substances

Radioactive

Radioactive substances comprise substances or a combination of substances which emit ionizing radiation.  Example: uranium, plutonium.

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Class 8: Corrosive Substances

Corrosive


Solids or liquids that can dissolve organic tissue or severely corrode certain metals.

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Class 9: Miscellaneous Dangerous Substances

Class Nine

Hazardous substances that do not fall into the other categories.  Example: asbestos, air-bag inflators, self inflating life rafts, dry ice.

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SHIP SPARES

Ship spares are various spare parts that are urgently needed to be used on ships in transit.

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FRAGILE GOODS

fragile, labels

Fragile Goods are articles that are easily broken, damaged or destroyed.  Such items are to be handled with utmost care during transportation.  Example: glassware, chinaware, solid items contianing liquids.

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WET GOODS

international pictorial protect from heat label

Wet goods are items that can spill or leak during transportation.  Such items must be packed in watertight packages (preferably styrofoam boxes) to help prevent accidents.  Upon arrival at destination, such shipments must be protected from heat, and maybe even kept refrigerated or frozen.  Example: cooled goods, wetted fresh flowers, live fish, invertebrates, frozen articles.

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MAGNETIZED MATERIAL

magnetized material

 

Magnetized Articles are items that impart the properties of a magnet.

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