Sea-air shipments via Dubai’s airports and container facilities have grown this year despite the downturn in volumes on air and ocean trade lanes from Asia to Europe.
A spokesman for Dubai airports told the Journal of Commerce that shipments moved as sea-air cargo via Dubai’s two airports and DP World’s Jebel Ali container port rose 11 percent over January-September compared to a year earlier.
The improvement came despite depressed air freight rates. This usually hurts sea-air tonnage moving between Asia and Europe which is sold by forwarders as a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly alternative to direct air options.
Serge Tripet, Regional Airfreight Manager Middle East and Global Sea-Air Manager at logistics firm Damco, part of the AP Moller-Maersk Group, confirmed the upward trend. Damco uses Dubai as its main global sea-air hub, but also offers solutions via Tanjung Pelepas/KLIA, Singapore, Panama and Los Angeles/Miami.
“We have seen an increase in sea-air activities via the Dubai hub for the last eight months, with increases in shipments and volumes,” he said. “Although they are not yet back to 2010 levels, the increase has been stable and we do foresee strong demand for sea-air in 2013.”
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