How much will it cost to send your cargo?

The price you will have to pay to send your goods as cargo depends on the size and weight of your items. Other factors may also be taken into account, such as the nature and value of your goods.

In this section, find out how the price is calculated and the different charges applicable to some items.

Minimum charge

Whatever the total weight of your consignment, all cargo is subject to a minimum charge. That charge varies according to the destination and cargo type (premium cargo or standard cargo).

The minimum charge applies whenever the figure resulting from the calculation of the rate per kg is below the minimum charge.

Volume rate

Our aircraft's hold size limits the volume of cargo we are able to carry.

As a result, bulky items or items with very low weight but high volume (e.g. an empty icebox) are subject to volume rates. For these items, the chargeable weight is based on the space occupied in the hold, rather than the actual weight of the goods.

The rate is calculated as follows:

Volumetric weight = [length (cm) x width (cm) x height (cm)]/6 000 cm3

The volumetric weight is then compared with the actual weight of the item. The higher of the two figures is multiplied by the applicable rate per kg for the journey, to obtain the price payable for transporting the cargo.

Example : A photocopier measures 70  x 60  x 60  (27.5 x 23.5 x 23.5 in) and weighs 25 kg (55 lb). Because it is a bulky item, the charge is based on its volumetric weight:  Volumetric weight = (70 x 60 x 60 cm)/6 000 cm3 = 42. The charge will therefore be based on the 42 kg (92.5 lb) volumetric weight, rather than the photocopier's actual weight of 25 kg (55 lb).

Goods weighing over 50 kg (110 lb)

Due to the special handling required by consignments over 50 kg (110 lb), a surcharge of XPF 5,000 for each additional weight band of 25 kg (55 lb) is payable on top of the transport cost.

Example : For an item weighing 90 kg (198 lb), there will be an additional charge of: XPF 10,000  = two additional weight bands of 25 kg (55 lb) x XPF 5,000.

Special statement at the value

If the item you are sending is valuable, you are advised to make a special statement of interest at the value, in order to benefit from a higher level of protection in the event of damage or loss. An additional fee of 5% of the declared value is payable for this declaration.

Example : A computer weighing 12 kg (26.5 lb) is sent from Tahiti to Huahine as premium cargo, with a declared value of XPF 100,000.
The total charge will be: XPF 8,252 = (12 kg x XPF 271) + (XPF 100,000 x 5%).

Air Tahiti agrees to transport goods up to a declared value of XPF 1,000,000.

Packages containing dangerous goods

Due to the special handling and stringent acceptance procedures for dangerous goods, a surcharge of XPF 2,000 per declaration is payable on top of the transport cost.

Sending live animals

In view of the special handling involved in transporting live animals, a fee of XPF 2,000 per item is payable for this type of cargo, on top of the transport cost.

Sending firearms

The transport of firearms requires a special declaration and special handling, for which a fee of XPF 2,000 per declaration is payable.

Fuel surcharge

Due to regular increases in fuel prices, a surcharge of XPF 10/kg is payable on all cargo items.

Safety surcharge for cargo departing from Tahiti-Faa'a Airport

In order to comply with safety regulations and only transport secure cargo from Tahiti-Faa'a Airport, Air Tahiti has had to put in place an X-ray inspection system for screening all cargo. As a result, a safety surcharge of XPF 25/kg is payable on cargo items.

Use of consumables

Our Cargo Service offers adhesive tape and plastic film for use by our customers, subject to availability, for a fee of XPF 100/package.

Sending cargo

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