Export companies that use SLM Cargo Sales services are already familiar with it. But thus far, the general public is not. We are talking about commercial cargo handled by this special division of SLM. Private parcels are redirected to the various air freight services that have entered into an agreement with Surinam Airways. The argument is that ‘they are cheaper’. However, it is interesting to have a closer look at this specific SLM service. You never know why and when it may come in handy.
To begin with, this service is provided from and to all SLM destinations. SLM has a separate cargo department in Amsterdam as well as in Paramaribo. Local freight agents are used at the other destinations.
Parcels or freight destined for destinations served by SLM are carried on the passenger aircraft, while cargo freighters carry all other parcels intended for the region. So you see, from anywhere in the world: you can send your freight with SLM. Rates vary, depending on the category in which the parcel is classified. Dangerous goods parcels are prohibited; these are only accepted on the cargo flight to Miami. This mainly concerns fluids or gas containing materials. Most shipments from Suriname contain vegetables, fruits, fish and live animals such as wild animals, reptiles and birds.
Customers can drop off their shipment at the cargo terminal, at the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport. Goods are weighed and then checked whether they are packaged in the right way. This may vary per product or category. Make sure you are well informed beforehand. Payment must also be made at Zanderij. Furthermore, Cargo Sales notifies that a shipping document is required for each shipment. You may either let your own customs broker or the Cargo Sales customs broker fill out these documents.
Cargo Sales SLM
Address: Henriweg 3, dirt road next to the SLM main building, Zanderij
Office hours: Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tel.: ++ 597 433 636
Want to know more about dangerous goods? Visit the website of SLM: www.flyslm.com/en/dangerous-goods.
Text & photos: Charles Chang, September 2019
Translation: Roline Brahim-Tjen A Kwoei/Equivalence Translations