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Trans-Atlantic belly cargo capacity to dry up after summer: forwarders

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jul 13, 2022, 11:32 AM EDT

Peak season has begun for air travel between Europe and North America, but forwarders making use of belly cargo capacity on passenger planes do not expect the below-deck boon to last.
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Demand indicators show air cargo heading into turbulence

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jul 8, 2022, 12:43 PM EDT

An ongoing shortage of capacity on the main trade lanes out of Asia and growing signs of declining demand are clouding the air cargo outlook for the remainder of the year.
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Belly cargo capacity makes slow return to global air freight

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jun 21, 2022, 10:24 AM EDT

The air freight industry is seeing a welcome increase in the urgently needed long-haul belly cargo capacity available to the market as international travel starts picking up.
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CMA CGM airline to leverage ocean forwarder network in expansion drive

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jun 16, 2022, 11:36 AM EDT

CMA CGM Air Cargo will use its parent company’s extensive ocean forwarder network to drive new business as the airline readies for a rapid global expansion under its Air France-KLM partnership.
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Trans-Atlantic air cargo market edges closer to recovery

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jun 2, 2022, 10:01 AM EDT

Air cargo capacity is flooding back into the trans-Atlantic market via below deck belly space as travel increases and airlines ramp up their summer schedules.
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Congestion on US East Coast keeps air cargo ‘red hot’: DSV

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | May 9, 2022, 12:34 PM EDT

Shippers converting ocean consignments into air freight to avoid port bottlenecks along the US East Coast are filling all available air cargo capacity on the trans-Atlantic trade lane.
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Russia exit proves complex, costly for some transport providers

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | May 5, 2022, 2:50 PM EDT

Winding down operations in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine has come with a hefty price tag, but transport providers are mostly playing down the impact.
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Shanghai airport effectively closed as freight backlog builds amid COVID lockdown

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Mar 31, 2022, 11:31 AM EDT

Bonded trucking services in and out of Shanghai’s Pudong have been suspended and most flights have been canceled, bringing operations at China’s busiest cargo airport to a standstill.
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Air cargo rates take off on Russia sanctions, China lockdowns

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Mar 15, 2022, 10:48 AM EDT

The ever-widening effects of Russia’s war on Ukraine and China’s COVID-19 lockdowns are placing mounting pressure on an already stressed air cargo sector.
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Chartered air cargo capacity floods into trans-Pacific trade

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Feb 22, 2022, 12:26 PM EST

Growing demand for e-commerce is behind forwarder moves to lock in controlled air freight capacity on Asia-US routes, with a particular focus on Vietnam.
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Forwarders add Asia air, rail services as Omicron spreads

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jan 28, 2022, 12:26 PM EST

The creativity of service providers is being tested as COVID-19 infections continue to spread around Asia and disrupt regional supply lines.
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Cross-border platform channels pandemic-led growth into venture investment

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 25, 2022, 12:01 AM EST

San Francisco-based Passport said it will use $39 million in new funding to expand its outbound parcel platform for US e-commerce sellers looking to manage logistics and trade compliance on international orders.
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Hong Kong imposes mandatory quarantine on air cargo pilots

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Dec 29, 2021, 3:40 PM EST

Toughening Hong Kong’s quarantine requirement for air cargo pilots would severely disrupt airfreight operations during peak air cargo season and ahead of China’s Lunar New Year holiday.
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Congested US airports push trans-Pacific air cargo rate to record high

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Dec 1, 2021, 12:53 PM EST

The bottlenecks that have frustrated ocean shippers all year have spread to air cargo, pushing up rates to stratospheric levels and delaying shipments.
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Air cargo capacity fills up ahead of Asia-Europe peak season

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Oct 6, 2021, 2:48 PM EDT

Global air cargo volumes in August and September were up just 1 percent compared to the same months in 2019, but the shortage of capacity has shippers fighting to secure capacity ahead of holiday season.
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Shanghai air cargo in holding pattern as backlog builds

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Aug 24, 2021, 10:21 AM EDT

There is little clarity in Shanghai airport’s evolving COVID-19 lockdown situation, with forwarders in China asked not to deliver export cargo to the terminals and airlines suspending inbound shipments.
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Cross-border services startup scoops up parcel consolidator

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor; and Cathy Morrow Roberson, JOC Analyst | Aug 10, 2021, 1:19 PM EDT

The acquisition of parcel consolidator Access Worldwide by startup cross-border shipping platform Passport is likely targeted at cost-conscious shippers needing to fulfill small package orders.
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Asia-US peak air cargo surcharges rise on soaring B2B demand

Cathy Morrow Roberson, JOC Analyst | May 18, 2021, 11:01 AM EDT

Air cargo peak surcharges are increasing on the Asia-US trade as business-to-business (B2B) parcel shippers opt for quicker delivery times to replenish inventories.
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Forwarder AIT makes second European acquisition in two months

Cathy Morrow Roberson, Senior Contributor | Dec 21, 2020, 4:17 PM EST

AIT Worldwide Logistics expands its e-commerce capabilities and geographical footprint through the acquisition of Fiege Freight Forwarding.
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UPS, Amazon expand domestic air services to deliver e-commerce goods faster

Cathy Morrow Roberson, Senior Contributor | Sep 11, 2020, 4:12 PM EDT

UPS and Amazon are expanding capabilities at smaller airports in Kansas City and Tampa, respectively, to speed up last-mile deliveries.
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Purolator expands US-Canada next-day service

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Aug 31, 2020, 5:46 PM EDT

As e-commerce booms on both sides of the US-Canadian border, Purolator International expands northbound next-day air service between the countries.
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International air cargo volumes show monthly gains

Cathy Morrow Roberson, Senior Contributor | Aug 5, 2020, 2:56 PM EDT

The three largest express providers reported improving signs in the sector in their most recent earnings reports, as COVID-hit volumes recovered gradually as the second quarter progressed.
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Forward Air expands Ohio LTL hub amid volume rebound

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jul 27, 2020, 2:43 PM EDT

As freight volumes rise, expedited LTL operator Forward Air is expanding capacity by 30 percent at the heart of its airport-to-airport network in Columbus, Ohio.
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Forward Air expands into over-the-road LTL

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jul 13, 2020, 4:25 PM EDT

By launching a door-to-door, less-than-truckload business in Savannah, Forward Air is adding more freight and building density in its airport-to-airport network.
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Uneven air cargo demand congesting major US hubs

Chris Barnett, Special Correspondent | Jun 11, 2020, 11:16 AM EDT

Freighters and converted passenger craft are taking longer to unload than belly freight and some ground handlers are understaffed after furloughs and layoffs in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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3PL Transplace jumps into parcel market

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jun 2, 2020, 5:56 PM EDT

The acquisition of ScanData gives Transplace broader supply chain reach as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates e-commerce demand.
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Higher margins elude Asia air freight forwarders

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis | May 1, 2020, 10:33 AM EDT

Traditionally low air freight margins are being further depressed by fierce competition among forwarders to secure limited capacity, with travel bans grounding most of the passenger fleet on east-west trades.
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Global recession will weigh on air cargo recovery: IATA

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Apr 29, 2020, 10:21 AM EDT

Even when air cargo demand for urgent medical supplies drops off, there is no certainty that recession-hit consumers will resume spending, and if they do, capacity will still be tight as passenger fleets remain grounded.
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FedEx leans into e-commerce, optimizing last mile

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Mar 19, 2020, 11:41 AM EDT

FedEx expands use of its US ground unit to deliver more air express packages, as e-commerce volumes swell and Amazon ups the competitive ante.
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China air cargo capacity cuts pinch US crab exports

Chris Barnett, Special Correspondent | Mar 16, 2020, 10:52 AM EDT

The travails of crab shippers underscore the larger impact COVID-19 is having on North American exporters that face higher outbound air cargo rates because of the removal of belly cargo capacity on passenger jets due to cancellations tied to the disease.
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US ban sparks search for alternatives to trans-Atlantic air cargo

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Mar 12, 2020, 3:41 PM EDT

The sudden US travel ban imposed on 12 European countries will hurt an air freight industry still battling to overcome the loss of belly cargo capacity from the suspension of passenger flights to China.
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‘Broken’ maps add to logistics costs: survey

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 11, 2020, 11:44 AM EST

A survey of delivery drivers projects that missed deliveries and time wasted due to outdated and incorrect maps and navigation aids results in $2.5 billion in added costs.
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Airlines losing safety net as forwarders slash contract volumes

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Dec 10, 2019, 2:24 PM EST

Long-term contracted volume is crucial for airlines setting budgets and forecasts, but in the face of weak demand and a bleak 2020 outlook, forwarders are reluctant to commit.
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Hong Kong protests force Asia airlines to scrap industry event

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Nov 13, 2019, 10:26 AM EST

A worsening political situation and escalating protests have forced the cancelation of an important airline gathering in Hong Kong.
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Schiphol edges closer to solution for freighter slot shortage

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Nov 8, 2019, 10:42 AM EST

The shortage of slots for all-cargo flights cost Amsterdam Schiphol airport heavily in the first nine months of the year.
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Manitoulin Global Forwarding buys Demark Global Logistics

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Oct 8, 2019, 11:22 AM EDT

Canadian forwarder Manitoulin adds to its US holdings, expanding its global logistics network.
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Hong Kong shippers alarmed over rising logistics costs

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Sep 10, 2019, 5:35 PM EDT

Shippers worry “unreasonable” air freight fees, tighter cargo screening regulations, and the region’s dependence on transshipment could cause Hong Kong to cede more cargo to air and sea ports in southern China.
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UPS targets low-cost, e-commerce shippers with deferred delivery

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jul 24, 2019, 2:33 PM EDT

UPS is targeting cross-border e-commerce sellers with a deferred-delivery shipping product that would cost less than tighter delivery windows, a sign of integrators wanting to tap into forecast growth in international online sales.
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Air cargo outlook darkens in unsettled market

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jun 3, 2019, 1:31 PM EDT

The outlook for air cargo is turning negative as carriers face headwinds in the form of trade upheaval and falling demand.
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Tariff hikes send trans-Pacific air freight rates soaring

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | May 17, 2019, 11:15 AM EDT

The escalating trade dispute between the US and China is driving keen interest in air freight on the busy trans-Pacific trade routes.
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