U.S. cargo carriers began reducing their fuel surcharges after two weeks of declining oil prices.
Effective January 3, 2005, DHL Danzas Air & Ocean will decrease the Fuel Surcharge for USA International shipments (export and import) from USD 0.35 to USD 0.30/kg, with a USD 5.00 Minimum.
American Airlines Cargo Division announced a reduction in its fuel surcharge an average of $0.05/kg for most U.S. origin international shipments, effective Jan. 6, 2005. The $0.05/kg reduction takes the fuel surcharge from USD 0.35 per kilo to USD 0.30 per kilo, or equivalent currency. The fuel surcharge for U.S. domestic shipments will be reduced by $0.02/lb to $0.12/lb, from the previous level of $0.14/lb. The fuel surcharge will also be adjusted, in local currency, for most non-U.S. origin shipments.
Northwest Airlines joined a parade of airlines in reducing cargo fuel surcharges, saying it would cut the charge from 35 cents to 30 cents per kilogram for United States exports effective Jan. 16.
The announcement follows similar moves from Lufthansa, Cargolux, British Airways and other major carriers that have started rolling back fuel surcharges as the cost of jet fuel has slipped back from its fall highs.
Northwest said its surcharge on domestic shipments would retreat two cents, to 11 cents a pound, on Jan. 16.
NWA Cargo is the largest cargo carrier among U.S. combination passenger and cargo airlines. NWA Cargo's fleet of 12 dedicated Boeing 747 freighter aircraft fly from key cities throughout United States and Asia and connect at the carrier's cargo hub in Anchorage, Alaska, facilitating the quick transfer of cargo between large cities on both sides of the Pacific. NWA Cargo also transports freight aboard the passenger fleet of Northwest Airlines to more than 250 cities worldwide.