We provide professional services to Funeral Directors. We handle all the details. One call to us and we can arrange shipments, anywhere in the world to or from Miami International Airport.

Airline Preparations

Let us save you time by making the reservations and preparation of the Airway bill along with drop off services to the airlines.

  • Incoming Shipment Pick-ups
  • Clear Customs
  • Airline Transfers
  • Funeral Home Pick-ups
  • Apostilles

Shipping Supplies

  • All Size Air Tray Units
  • Combo Units
  • Wooden Boxes with Banding
  • Zeigler Units

Domestic Shipping

Human Remains are considered high priority with special handling by the airlines. Domestic rates are based on zones, not weight. Human Remains must arrive at the Airlines at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled flight time.

When making funeral arrangements, allow time for possible flight delays. The airlines Air Cargo have limited hours.

Bereavement fares may be available to escorts or family members that accompany the remains. This information is available through the Airlines.

You must comply with all local, state and federal regulations.

Consulate Paperwork

Consulate documents are required from the local Consulate Offices in order to ship Human Remains to their country. This process takes time—let our staff help you with time by securing the Consulate paperwork, Notary Services & Apostilles.

Depending on the country of destination, there are requirements of certain types of shipping containers used in shipping Human Remains/Cremains.

Having been in the business since 1964, we have the knowledge and experience to ship your Human Remains/Cremains all over the world at Special Reduced Rates that will save you money.

Consulate Offices in Miami

Pierson Shipping has a special relationship with these offices and can handle direct issues with the following local consulates; Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Mexican, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela. If a country is not listed above – we can search out the closest location and direct you appropriately.

International Shipping

It used to be just snowbird residents returning to their hometown resting place. At present with the influx of International residents and visitors to the Sunshine State, South Florida leads the nation in International Human Remain shipments. Sending a body overseas requires more time—from 2 days to several weeks, depending on the documents.

  • Certified Death Certificate
  • Burial Transits Permit
  • Embalmers Affidavit
  • Health Department Letter
  • Passport
  • Secured Consulate Paperwork

Some countries require family & cemetery information.

Calculation of International Airline rates are determined by the weight of the shipment, using individual airline tariff’s to include additional fees added for fuel surcharge and security.

For shipments to Cuba: Funeral Homes must have a Treasury License from Washington D.C.. Call us for a referral to a local Funeral Home that is licensed to ship to Cuba.

Cremains Shipping

The Cremains will be placed in a 12x12x12 cardboard box for most locations. For France & Italy, a wooden box is required. Give us a call so we can assist you with your next Cremains shipment.


Translation of paperwork is available. Please contact us for more information.

Certified Indirect Air Carrier by TSA (IACMS)
An Indirect Air Carrier (IAC) is authorized by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), part of Homeland Security, to engage indirectly in air transportation of property via passenger airplanes pursuant to TSA requirements. Pierson Enterprises is an airfreight forwarder, which serves the role of a shipper but does not actually operate the planes in which cargo is being shipped. We provide pick-up and delivery from the airport cargo terminals as well as handling all necessary paperwork needed for the transportation of that cargo. Indirect air carriers operate under the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in its own division called the Indirect Air Carrier Management System (IACMS). Under this system all indirect air carriers operate according to the rules and regulations put forth in chapter 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations PART 1548 (49 C.F.R. PART 1548). The IAC management system certifies that all employees directly in contact with cargo are trained to inspect & secure any cargo and it’s facility that cargo is being held. Security background checks must be secured for all employees and Directors in Ownership.

Known Shipper Management System (KSMS)
Shippers are required prior to flight, authorization and determination of whether the shipper is a “Known Shipper” in the Known Shipper Management System to ship items on passenger aircraft. Contact us as soon as possible, as an approved KSMS ID# Form/or site visit verification paperwork is required before shipment can be made. This paperwork includes authorization for Pierson Enterprises to inspect and up-to-date information on the shippers letterhead.