Air Cargo

Air Cargo

Demand for air freight through much of 2017 and into the first quarter of 2018 was boosted by stronger economies and trade, with e-commerce growth and a broader inventory restocking cycle keeping space tight and freight rates sky high. Air cargo is now heading into the slower summer months but capacity is expected to tighten into the fourth quarter. Double-digit growth in late 2017 means the year-over-year comparisons may not be as severe, but shippers have been advised to book their space early.

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Air cargo being loaded in China.
05 Dec 2018
Of course, many factors can be involved in an air cargo volume uptrend, but this holiday season trade tension and the threat of higher tariffs certainly is one.
US Postal Service, Oregon, United States.
27 Nov 2018
Even after a 2019 rate increase for first class mail, the US Postal Service remains a bargain, compared with rates for other national postal services in the developed world. And there’s additional good news regarding parcel select service rates.
22 Nov 2018
Europe's main hubs are operating at maximum capacity, pushing increasing volume into secondary airports that are not always suitable.
Brussels air cargo.
19 Nov 2018
Like commercial aviation’s takeoff and landing slot booking system, BRUcloud enables forwarders to reserve guaranteed slot times and designated warehouse dock doors with ground handlers, enabling their truckers to quickly discharge loads or collect shipments.
Supply chain management.
15 Nov 2018
Collaboration is not just an activity, but a process, and it requires a focus on customer experience, logistics executives told the Traffic Club of Chicago at a Business Development Symposium Wednesday.
Digital bill of lading.
09 Nov 2018
Efforts to digitize the bill of lading that must accompany each shipment, whether on an ocean vessel or tractor-trailer, aren’t necessarily new, but they’re gaining ground in an era of e-commerce and tight capacity.
Air cargo in China.
09 Nov 2018
Three major online buying events — Singles’ Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are coming — and when they are combined with the evolution of the three into global shopping and shipping events, it means more pressure on air freight pipelines.
Barges travel near the Rotterdam port.
07 Nov 2018
Executives from Imperial Logistics International participated in a wide-ranging question and answer session concerning the mounting intermodal transport challenges facing shippers and forwarders moving cargo around Europe.
Air cargo being loaded.
23 Oct 2018
“There should be enough space as supply catches up with demand, but it is still possible to have a peak like we did last year [2017],” a spokesman for Freight Investor Service said.
Air cargo being loaded.
19 Oct 2018
“I don’t know if the peak this year will look like last year, but we have about 20 freighters and take a lot of volume in our widebody fleet that we expanded quite a bit, so there are a lot more destinations,” Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg said. “But going into next year the future is unknown.”
Air cargo being loaded at London's Heathrow Airport.
02 Oct 2018
The two main regional markets for air freight — Asia Pacific for international shipments and North America for domestic shipments — may be headed toward slower growth, due to the ongoing trade war between their two largest economies, Airports Council International said.
Air cargo being loaded in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
28 Sep 2018
The International Air Transport Association said this slowing growth was coming against a backdrop of rising trade protectionism measures, and wider momentum in global trade was weakening.
Air cargo at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
27 Sep 2018
At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger and 42nd busiest cargo airport, congestion and delays in picking up/dropping off loads are adding wait time surcharges, and in some cases storage expenses, on to already high transport bills.
Nippon Cargo Airlines.
26 Sep 2018
Further, trans-Pacific shippers will welcome the additional capacity, especially this peak season, for several reasons.
Air cargo at Los Angeles International Airport, California.
30 Aug 2018
Air cargo freight rates between China and the United States have been rising since July, according to US-based logistics provider C.H. Robinson, and shipper concern about lack of space on the trans-Pacific trade is a factor in that rise.
Nippon Express.
15 Aug 2018
The JOC Top 50 Global Logistics Providers, published on JOC.com on April 13 and in the April 16 Journal of Commerce magazine, misstated the annual revenues for Nippon Express.
Air cargo loading.
08 Aug 2018
“Trade wars never produce winners. Governments must remember that prosperity comes from boosting their trade, not barricading economies,” the International Air Transport Association said.
Schiphol Airport
03 Aug 2018
Schiphol’s management said it expected lower overall freighter air traffic movements in the first half, due to capacity constraints, but its longer-term analysis remains encouraging.
Air cargo being loaded in Poland.
31 Jul 2018
However, shippers should still expect some robust peak season pricing from the airlines that are seeking to extend their profitability, which grew at a strong rate in the first quarter.
Air cargo planes in Germany.
25 Jul 2018
A slight dip in demand for air cargo in the first quarter has quickly reversed, with volume steadily increasing on the east-west trades.
20 Jul 2018
E-commerce and high-speed rail are enabling China-Europe rail services to give the air cargo industry a run for its money.
An Amazon center in Nevada, United States.
30 Jun 2018
Amazon’s new network could help reduce shipper costs, and even aid other transportation providers, as volumes outstrip capacity. But as one might sense, Amazon’s latest play also will affect resources in an already beyond-tight US trucking sector.
A Nippon Express train.
28 Jun 2018
Nippon is expanding cross-border services as Asia-Europe demand increases and as five Mekong subregion countries adopt an agreement that could serve as a trade model for other regions.
Tangier Lobster.
01 Jun 2018
Nova Scotia-based Tangier Lobster does not cut corners nor does it nickel and dime transport providers. “We will pay extra for the very best logistics options because we have extremely valuable cargo and do not want to disappoint our customers,” Owner Stewart Lamont said.
Air cargo being loaded.
30 May 2018
Austin, Texas, may one day be on air cargo operators' “A-List” for cargo pick-up, but until then shippers will continue to adapt, develop creative air transport solutions, and find air service niches to transport products to customers.
29 May 2018
Rising confidence in the air cargo market is good news for air cargo providers, as shippers and their forwarders move to lock in space and avoid the capacity constraints that characterized peak 2017.
09 May 2018
A series of factors has lined up to ensure European shippers importing air cargo from Asia will be stuck with services to the congested hub airports.
Toronto Pearson International.
07 May 2018
Air cargo is changing — no longer is tonnage the sole, ultimate metric. Air cargo companies and the airports that serve them must be entrepreneurial-minded to meet the needs of transit-time, cost-sensitive shippers with their high-value cargo, and so far, three key Canadian hubs are meeting the bill.
FedEx trucks.
01 May 2018
FedEx Corp. has tapped John A. Smith to run its FedEx Freight division as president effective Aug. 16, succeeding the retiring Michael Ducker. Smith, 56, has been with FedEx since 2000 but is unrelated to the company’s founder Fred Smith.
KLM in Moscow, Russia
27 Apr 2018
The rate hike may be just the beginning of additional, larger Federal Anti-Monopoly Service fee increases, as part of Russia's response to the West’s latest package of sanctions, imposed by the United States, and supported by many European allies.
05 Apr 2018
The year is off to a good start in terms of air cargo volume, but the trade dispute between the United States and China is making confident predictions for 2018 difficult.
Air cargo loading.
28 Mar 2018
Capacity problems abound on land and in the air, and experts say many of the solutions are the same, including earlier planning and sharing of forecasts by shippers.
And Antonov plane.
28 Mar 2018
Life has been good for heavy-lift air cargo operator Antonov after the breakup with its partner, with the company notching job wins in oil and gas, energy, aerospace, agriculture, telecommunications, and other industries. But that, in a sense, was not surprising, given its advantage — seven AN-124-100 freighters with payloads capable of transporting 150 metric tons.
19 Mar 2018
E-commerce and pharmaceuticals are driving up air cargo volume and leading the industry into a period of sustainable growth.
15 Mar 2018
Air cargo is in catch up mode as it slowly drags itself into the digital world.
12 Mar 2018
Aligning capacity with fluctuating demand and sticker-shock pricing is always a tough dance in the air cargo spot market, and it is getting more difficult.