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

22 Apr 2014
Express delivery in China resulted in 2.6 billion deliveries in the first quarter, up 51.9 percent year-on-year, Xinhua reported.
02 Apr 2014
Global air freight traffic grew 2.9 percent in February from a year ago, extending and strengthening the recovery that began in the second half of 2013, the International Air Transport Association reported.
02 Apr 2014
HONG KONG — The phenomenal growth of e-commerce in China has the Big Three integrators salivating as they contemplate a market that offers great opportunities yet remains largely out of reach.
01 Apr 2014
Descartes Systems Group has acquired Computer Management USA to expand its software as a service offering for logistics clients, particularly those in the U.S. air freight industry.
01 Apr 2014
Forget about steady growth in the air cargo markets. That was the blunt advice given by Denis Ilin, executive president of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, at an air cargo conference in Hong Kong today. In the best-case scenario, growth is going to be flat.
01 Apr 2014
Transportation writer Greg Knowler joined the JOC today as senior editor for Asia.
Lufthansa Cargo plane
31 Mar 2014
Lufthansa Cargo’s services face severe disruption beginning tomorrow as pilots across the German airline stage a three-day strike.
Frederick W. Smith, FedEx chairman and CEO
28 Mar 2014
Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx, met with JOC editors William B. Cassidy, Peter T. Leach, Bill Mongelluzzo and Mark Szakonyi at the 2014 TPM Conference in Long Beach, Calif., to discuss the challenges of growing protectionism, e-commerce and serving post-recession supply chains.
26 Mar 2014
Heavy snow and frigid temperatures in the Midwest will keep Universal Truckload Services' earnings from rising to their projected levels in the first quarter, the trucking firm warned. It's not alone.
FedEx Express
19 Mar 2014
The rolling wave of storms that hit the U.S. from December through February cost $45 billion FedEx about $125 million and cut into package volumes...
19 Mar 2014
The global air cargo business has been losing market share to ocean freight over the past 13 years as shippers seek less costly transport solutions in ocean freight.

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NEW DELHI, India—A yellow truck festooned with black tassels and hex symbols to ward off bad luck passed our van on the right as we jounced over the potholes that slowed us to a crawl on the road between Jaipur and Jodhpur. The truck was similar to many of the trucks I saw on a three-week road trip in the northern Indian states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh this winter, except for one thing: It was carrying a 20-foot container, the only box I spotted in hundreds of miles of tortuous driving. The blue box bore the familiar APL logo.

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