Air Cargo

Air cargo handles much of the high-value goods that don’t move by ocean vessel in international trade. Its focus on express cargo allows freight companies to depend on reliable delivery and speed to market, although at a premium prices. Many of those shipments are arranged by air freight forwarders who consolidate various goods to make up a shipment lot.

News & Analysis

Weekly wrap-up for July 12, 2014
12 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association surprised watchers by announcing a 72-hour hiatus in their negotiations so that the union could deal with unrelated talks in the Pacific Northwest, and by extending the expired coastwide contract during the suspension of negotiations.
10 Jul 2014
Lufthansa Cargo is cutting freighter capacity in response to continued weakness in global cargo demand that saw its volume slump by 8 percent year-on-year in June with no signs of a pickup in sight.
Air France A380
08 Jul 2014
Air France-KLM trimmed its 2014 profit forecast by up to 12 percent, citing “persistently weak” cargo demand.
Doctor and patient
07 Jul 2014
Endochoice, a six-year-old Atlanta-based importer of medical devices and disposable infectious control supplies and services for gastroenterologists, most of whom were in the U.S, had to reengineer its global supply chain last year when it acquired high-tech medical companies in Israel and Germany and began to manufacture and distribute a sophisticated new system for colonoscopies internationally.
07 Jul 2014
It’s business as usual for air cargo shippers despite the heightened security at foreign airports with flights connecting to the U.S., the executive director of the Airforwarders Association says.
07 Jul 2014
Forwarders remain unimpressed with new European Union air cargo screening regulations that have been in effect for a week, although no major disruptions have been reported.
04 Jul 2014
Hurricane Arthur appears to have had little impact on the U.S.
03 Jul 2014
U.S. surface transportation providers, ranging from railroads to trucking companies, are preparing for the approaching Hurricane Arthur.
02 Jul 2014
A major Tokyo-based research firm has painted a grim picture of Japanese container trade in the current fiscal year that started on April 1, citing weaker exports and imports than previously thought.
Air cargo
02 Jul 2014
Global air cargo traffic grew 4.7 percent in May from the previous year, with all regions posting increased volumes as world trade and business confidence recovered from a weak first quarter, the International Air Transport Association said.
01 Jul 2014
Global sea and air freight rates could decline by as much as 2.5 percent by the end of 2014, experts at Drewry Maritime Research say.

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Commentary

Executive Editor Chris Brooks discusses what shippers are seeing, as revealed in recent surveys.