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.
05 Jun 2014
Air China Cargo and China Postal Airlines have strengthened their strategic partnership with the launch of a new service between Guangzhou and Nanjing as the carriers move to capture a growing share of the fast expanding mainland express market.
Saudia Cargo
05 Jun 2014
Two Arab Gulf air cargo carriers are expanding freighter services, underscoring the strength of the region’s carriers in a weak global air freight market.
04 Jun 2014
Airlines in Asia are watching freight volumes creep up and daring to think about a peak season, but the steady addition of new passenger routes out of the region and increasing flight frequencies to existing destinations are undermining the improving demand for cargo.
Drewry East-West Air Freight Price Index rose 5.5 percent year-over-year in April.
30 May 2014
The East-West Air Freight Price Index, as reported by Drewry, rose for the second straight month in April, reaching the highest level it’s seen since the end of last year.
military coup in Thailand, May 2014
29 May 2014
Logistics providers operating in Thailand and the companies they service are no strangers to supply chain risk, and the latest installment of martial law imposed nationwide on May 22 saw them again reaching for contingency plans.
28 May 2014
Growth in the express segment powered Transport Corporation of India to higher profit in fiscal year 2013-14, which ended March 31.
27 May 2014
The global air cargo market saw demand grow 3.2 percent in April from a year earlier, but traffic was down from previous months due to a further slowdown in emerging markets, led by China, according to the International Air Transport Association.
27 May 2014
Robert Song, Cargolux’s senior vice president and head of Asia Pacific, has been ousted just weeks after brokering a deal that saw Henan Civil Aviation & Investment Co (HNCA) acquiring 35 percent of the Luxembourg freighter operator.
22 May 2014
The revenue from China’s fast-growing e-commerce business is masking a decline in the price per parcel that is expected to spur consolidation.
Royal Mail lorries (trucks)
22 May 2014
Royal Mail’s warning of intensifying competition in parcels and the rise of a domestic mail rival overshadowed a 12 percent increase in full-year operating profit.

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Commentary

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