Air freight

Air freight - landside area at Nice airport.
A certified IATA air cargo agent, we serve all major airports in France with the widest possible access to global contacts. We enable you to benefit from negotiated rates to the whole world. Save time and efficiency: from departure to arrival, our shipping agents take care of customs and administrative formalities and keep track of your shipments.
Our services:

Your air freight solutions

Benefit from total flexibility with a wide range of air transport services available to you:

  • Shipping of all types of freight* throughout France and Europe, from or to anywhere in the whole world.
    * excluding live animals, and with restrictions on perishable goods depending on agencies.
  • Taking responsibility for door-to-door, airport-to-airport, door-to-airport or airport-to-door shipments while respecting your Incoterms.
  • Import and reception of all types of air freight: pick-up at the foreign supplier, specific administrative procedures, possibility of bonded storage.
  • Export: specific studies, storage before shipment, packaging tailored to the product, transport insurance upon request, etc.
  • Management of triangular operations (cross trade, drop shipment shipping) for faster deliveries, savings in logistics costs and customs duties.
  • Authorisations and experience dealing with many specific cargoes: regulated products/dangerous goods (DGR), car transport, transport of works of art, oversized items, valuable goods (HBJO), repatriation (HUM), spare parts for boats, cars and aircraft (AOG), etc.

  • Advice on the solution tailored to the degree of urgency and the specifics of your shipping:
    Standard services (urgent, normal, economical, oversized/XXL and express mail)
    Premium services (accompanied luggage, charter, sensitive shipments, etc.).
    Groupage: quality service at the best cost, with an extended transit time.
    Air & Sea: an economical solution to optimise costs & deadlines for your Asian imports.
  • Customs studies and formalities, administrative procedures necessary for customs clearance (application for licences, visas, warranty service, control of alcohol, etc.)
  • Storage, preparation, packaging before shipment upon request.
  • Personalised tracking of operations: tracking of orders from suppliers, personalised report of abnormal circumstances, confirmation of arrivals and embarkations.
  • Insurance transport is carried out under limited liability and according to the terms of our GTC. MATHEZ FREIGHT can take out insurance on the value of the goods on your behalf to cover the risk of war, etc.

  1. Express Freight Quote

    Your requirements

    Your contact details

Every day, we guarantee the best services for your air shipments while respecting your constraints of time and price, all in complete safety.

Jean-Christophe Euziere, MATHEZ FREIGHT


Efficiency at the best price

Benefit from a complete solution that meets all your needs (company, routes, tariffs) and negotiated rates from airline carriers based on our large purchase volume.

Security & safety

Your freight forwarder is an IATA and AEO-Full authorised agent, and has bonded warehouses located at major airports. Our staff is trained and certified in DGR.

A worldwide, specialised network

A founding member of the WCA network and specialised networks, we take care of or deliver your merchandise all over the world.
Our networks

Monitoring & Tracking

Your shipping agent will personally monitor your shipments. Plus, you can track your merchandise 24/7 online.

Optimizing your recurring flows

We will pass on our monitoring charts and Key Performance Indicators so you can optimize your rotation and stock.

Air freight: choose a trustworthy partner

We handle 12 000 air cases every year, in other words, 7700 tonnes of air freight.
Among our clients are famous brands like Pronuptia, Atoll Palme, V. Mane & Fils and more.
30 of our longstanding clients have been doing business with us for over 20 years.

A family company founded in 1950, MATHEZ FREIGHT has been a member of IATA since 1950, a founding member of the first independent freight agent network in the world, and AEO-Full certified since 2013. We manage your air freight shipping from our agencies located at the airports of Nice, Marseille Marignan, Paris Roissy Charles-De-Gaulle, Paris Orly and Lyon – Saint Exupery, and our worldwide network is made up of more than 7000 agents in 191 countries.


Your questions on air freight

  1. 1

    Air transport in France and Europe: things to take into account

    • 80% of air freight in Europe is also transported by truck to or from an airport.
    • The main airport hubs for merchandise in Europe are Paris Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG), Frankfurt (FRA), Luxembourg (LUX), Brussels (BRU) and Amsterdam (AMS). Paris (Roissy et Orly) is the No.1 airport hub in Europe for air freight.
    • Safety measures are ultra-strict, 100% of air cargo is checked (X-ray, specialised customs staff & dogs or other suitable means.)

    By enlisting MATHEZ FREIGHT, you'll benefit from the speed and security we have acquired as an AEO-Full freight agent with a presence at the main airports in France.

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    Can we transport special or dangerous products by air?

    What we commonly call "dangerous goods" are products that contain substances which may prove dangerous when it comes to air transport. Compliance with a specific regulation is required to package, handle, and declare them correctly so they can be transported without risk to the cargo plane and its occupants.

    There are 9 classes of special products (DGRs): explosives, gas, inflammable liquids, inflammable solids, combustible materials, toxic and infectious materials, radioactive materials, corrosive materials and dangerous merchandise various. Many chemicals and pharmaceuticals fall into these categories. These materials or articles are regulated because they pose a potential risk to the health and safety of people, infrastructure and/or their means of transport.

    Air transport of dangerous goods is governed by the IATA regulations for the transport of dangerous goods (Dangerous Goods Regulations or DGR) and other national and international regulations. Freight forwarders and freight agents, packagers, packers and others involved in the preparation and transport of dangerous goods by air must comply with these regulations and undergo regular training to ensure that their shipments are compliant so that they can be handled quickly and easily by the airlines.

    MATHEZ FREIGHT agencies are equipped to handle the shipment of your dangerous merchandise by air because they have the required accreditations, as well as trained and authorized personnel.

  3. 3

    Can we transport lithium batteries by plane?

    Whether it's a mobile phone, an electric bicycle, children's toy, or a laptop computer, a wide variety of products today contain lithium batteries.

    However, several fires that started in aeroplane holds, caused by Lithium batteries have lead the air freight safety authorities to impose a set of rules to prevent any issues caused by a flashover when there are shocks, assembly issues or a strong temperature increase during transportation.

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has listed specific standards for transporting lithium batteries. Every air transport company has adopted these norms by applying its own definitions and restrictions, and some destinations require specific measures in terms of packaging and handling.

    The conditions for transporting batteries may also vary according to the size of the batteries, their Watt/Hour power in some cases (ionic lithium, polymer, iron phosphate type batteries (Life PO4), etc.) or their lithium content measured in grams in other cases (metal lithium batteries, lithium alloy batteries, etc.). Damaged or defective devices or lithium batteries are generally banned from transport.
    All of these restrictions frequently change (almost every 4 months).

    We are here to advise you on options for shipping or importing lithium batteries by air transport. Please provide us with the following information: the type of battery and its power, the number of batteries you wish to ship and the desired route, and we will reply with the shipping option available either by air or, if not, land or sea. Contact us!

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    Why choose an air freight agent that's IATA and AEO-Full certified?

    IATA certification is essential for shipping cargo internationally as it standardizes certain procedures between airlines and freight agents and makes them secure.

    Accreditation as an "AEO" (Authorized Economic Operator) is granted by the EU customs administrations to companies that meet strict customs criteria and demonstrate consistent quality, conformity and reliability in the international supply chain. Working with an "AEO-Full" forwarder gives you, as a consignor, the following benefits:

    • Simplifying your customs operations,
    • Physical and records inspections are reduced and adapted to your goods,
    • Status recognized throughout the European Union and worldwide.
      "AEO-Full" accreditation will be very appreciated by your foreign customers or buyers.

    MATHEZ FREIGHT is among the top 30 of IATA agents in France, and since 2013 it has benefitted from AEO-Full status, including the "simplified customs" AEO-C certificate and the "safety-security" AEO-S certificate. When working with MATHEZ FREIGHT, you can be assured that all your customs transactions across the EU and beyond will be carried out with precision, reliability and professionalism, according to the highest standards.

  5. 5

    Do you want to ship heavy or bulky products?

    We can acquire customized rates to suit the weight or size of your imports. Share this information with us in advance!


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