Sending a shipment that needs to arrive fresh?

You've come to the right place. We employ state-of-the-art equipment to transport such perishable cargo such as produce, seafood, floral products, fruits, berries and live tropical fish. However, since these items are typically sensitive to temperature extremes, there may be occasions where the transit times you are trying to meet may prevent your shipment from being accepted. For your package's safety, we have certain requirements in place to help ensure the freshness of your shipment, not to mention protect aircraft from damage caused by leaking boxes or shipping containers.

To comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), please register all foreign and domestic food facilities and provide prior notice of "shipments of human and animal food being imported or offered for import into the U.S."

We encourage you to comply with all governmental regulations. It may minimize delays in clearing your shipment for travel.

Register and find more information on the FDA's website.

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Providing peace of mind.

Suffering the loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult and trying times in life. You can rest assured that we are serious about the care and sensitivity of transporting departed loved ones to their final resting place. Our TLC Specialists will work directly with funeral homes and mortuaries, and assist with the advance arrangements required to ship human remains.

Our specialists will assist with worldwide shipping needs including:

  • Caring oversight and expert knowledge at our TLC Specialist Desk
  • ExpediteFSSM service offering premium boarding priority and a 100% guarantee
  • Daily scheduled service in the U.S. and around the globe
  • Premium handling process to ensure priority
  • Online tracking and shipment status notification
  • Trained Interline specialists to assist with connections throughout the world

 

Your valuable possessions are in good hands with us.

We accept valuable cargo on flights using ExpediteFS service.

We classify valuable cargo items as 1) those with a declared value of $5,000 USD (or more) and shipped within or between the U.S. (including the Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada or 2) those with a declared value of more than $1,000 USD per gross kilogram that originated in a non-U.S. country (except the U.K., GBP 450 or more per gross kilogram) or are exported from the U.S. or Canada. We know valuable cargo requires special handling, so certain restrictions may apply. In other instances, regardless of the value declared, the following items are also considered to be valuable cargo and may be subject to certain rules and restrictions:

  • Works of art
  • Bills of exchange, bonds and bullion
  • Currency and coinage of any denomination, declared value or quantity
  • Data tapes containing sensitive personal data
  • Deeds and dore bullion
  • Evidences of debt
  • Furs, fur clothing and fur-trimmed clothing
  • Gems
  • Gold bullion (cut or uncut, coined or uncoined), cyanides, dust or sulfides
  • Jewelry (other than costume jewelry)
  • Money
  • Promissory notes
  • Pearls
  • Platinum and precious metals
  • Securities, negotiable
  • Silver bullion (cut or uncut, coined or uncoined), concentrates, cyanides, precipitates or sulfides
  • Stamps and postage or revenue
  • Stock certificates
  • Watches (horological instruments, chronometers)

We do have a valuation charge for these items, which is seventy-five (75) cents for each $100 USD (or fraction thereof) over the value of our liability, plus 6.25 percent tax. (subject to change)

Dangerous Goods

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Get it there safe and sound.

Sometimes it's necessary to ship dangerous goods. These goods - also referred to as "Restricted Articles" - can pose a significant risk to health, safety or property, especially when they're being transported by air. This is not a problem for most dangerous goods if they are in approved quantities and properly packaged and handled. That's why we make sure that our guidelines for accepting Restricted Articles are in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, and all other applicable domestic and international rules and regulations as well.

That's also why we reserve the right to screen, open and inspect all shipments transported on our domestic and international flights.

Additionally it is illegal to ship any dangerous goods that have not been properly declared, identified, packaged, marked, labeled or documented to any airline. Failing to do so can result in up to five years in prison and fines of $250,000 USD or more imposed by the United States Department of Transportation. All dangerous goods are handled through our Confirmedfs service, with the lone exception of dry ice, which may travel through Priority Parcel ServiceSM, ExpediteFSSM or ConfirmedFSSM. Certain fees may apply when shipping dangerous goods. These may vary by the amount of restricted articles being shipped as well as by the destination.

Please keep in mind that no dangerous goods, with the exception of dry ice, are allowed to be shipped on AmericanConnection flights. Shipments containing bio are subject to Category B (via PPS)

 

Faq

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We've got the answers to your most Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Can you give me directions to the nearest cargo facility?

Yes. Please visit Facility Information to find the American Airlines Cargo facility closest to you.

What are the procedures for shipping animals?

Our goal is to ensure the animals shipped on American Airlines Cargo enjoy a safe and comfortable trip, and we have designed our animal shipping policies to reflect this. Please visit Shipping Animals for more details and instructions.

Is my shipment insured? If so, how much insurance is included?

Our limits of liability may vary based on the type of service you are using. Please review Liability, Claims and Insurance for details.

Do you provide packing supplies at the airport?

We do with Priority Parcel Service (PPS), which offers a PPS box or PPS bag and PPS tape that can be used for smaller articles. Please review Facility Information for more details.

Can I drop off my Priority Parcel Service (PPS) shipment at the American Airlines Cargo terminal?

Yes, in most instances you can. Please check Facility Information for details about your origin city.

Can AAdvantage members earn miles for PPS and/or Freight Shipments?

We do not offer AAdvantage miles for PPS or Cargo shipments. However, companies may receive travel benefits through our Business Extra program. View Business Extra for complete details.

I am not a known shipper. Can I ship with American Airlines Cargo?

Yes. In some instances, we may allow certain items from unknown shippers. Please contact us for assistance or more information.

Do your cargo locations provide refrigeration for perishable products?

Most of our larger American Airlines Cargo facilities have refrigeration. It is important to note that refrigeration is on a first come, first serve basis and is not guaranteed. Read more information on packaging perishables.

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