Air Cargo

Air Cargo

Demand for air freight through much of 2017 and into the first quarter of 2018 was boosted by stronger economies and trade, with e-commerce growth and a broader inventory restocking cycle keeping space tight and freight rates sky high. Air cargo is now heading into the slower summer months but capacity is expected to tighten into the fourth quarter. Double-digit growth in late 2017 means the year-over-year comparisons may not be as severe, but shippers have been advised to book their space early.

News & Analysis

04 Dec 2019
No one is expecting much from the air cargo peak shipping period this year, but persistent weakness in the market means any hopes of an upturn before the end of the year are fading fast.
20 Apr 2019
As ongoing, rolling delays at the US-Mexico border threaten cross-border manufacturing operations that rely on quick, dependable deliveries, some shippers are taking drastic measures to keep their supply chains running smoothly.
Amazon ranks #1 in top 50 global 3PLs
20 Apr 2019
Although the e-commerce giant doesn't describe itself as a third-party logistics provider (3PL), Amazon has surpassed major global players such as DHL and Kuehne + Nagel in 3PL revenue.
11 Apr 2019
Shippers are taking a cautious approach to air cargo as the UK struggles with Brexit and the US considers imposing tariffs on a wider range of European goods.
21 Mar 2019
Shippers should be on the lookout for increases in trucking and parcel accessorial charges as freight rates come under increasing pressure.
20 Mar 2019
Higher volumes of lighter weight, short-distance e-commerce packages sap revenue and yield at FedEx Express, which also expects slower growth in international trade.
20 Mar 2019
It’s going to take more than airport terminal investment to better handle a seismic shift in shipping.
04 Mar 2019
As US airports, terminal operators, and ground handlers are taking heat for rampant truck congestion and cargo delays, two software firms are looking to bring digitization and automation to airport freight handling operations.
01 Mar 2019
The Airforwarders Association’s mission to put an end to congestion at major US airports is already bearing fruit, but forwarders in New York and Boston worry airport efforts won’t address underlying issues.
01 Mar 2019
O'Hare tops New York’s JFK as even more congested, with trucks trying to get their loads in and out of the airport thwarted by vehicular traffic, handling, and operational delays.
26 Feb 2019
Rising demand on its Asia-Europe express network is seeing UPS make some big investments in infrastructure and aircraft capacity to keep up.
12 Feb 2019
The promise of digitization and real-time pricing is forcing the air freight industry to rethink longstanding booking practices.
07 Feb 2019
The action, which involves both private and public sector union workers, will affect all transport providers in Europe's second-largest container port as well as Brussels Airport.
05 Feb 2019
Speakers at the Cargo Facts EMEA conference in Frankfurt say trade disruptions and booming e-commerce will continue to drive increased global air cargo volume.
Warehouse supply chain.
25 Jan 2019
Capacity may ebb and flow, but e-commerce will keep pressure on shippers to adopt technology and review supply chain strategies, says DHL Supply Chain’s Jim Monkmeyer.
Air cargo being load in Beijing, China.
15 Jan 2019
After a subdued end to 2018 and trade and with economic hurdles stacking up, there are relatively low expectations for the trans-Pacific air cargo market in 2019.
27 Dec 2018
Gathering e-commerce momentum is revolutionizing global air cargo supply chains.
20 Dec 2018
Trimming inventory has been made easier as visibility of shipments improves, but it leaves little room for error and even a slight disruption can divert cargo into the air.
A US Postal Service truck.
17 Dec 2018
The presidential task force on US Postal Service reform has focused on an important aspect of its business model, but unfortunately it has missed an opportunity to make a change that would truly make a difference for the Postal Service.
Air cargo being loaded in China.
05 Dec 2018
Of course, many factors can be involved in an air cargo volume uptrend, but this holiday season trade tension and the threat of higher tariffs certainly is one.
US Postal Service, Oregon, United States.
27 Nov 2018
Even after a 2019 rate increase for first class mail, the US Postal Service remains a bargain, compared with rates for other national postal services in the developed world. And there’s additional good news regarding parcel select service rates.
22 Nov 2018
Europe's main hubs are operating at maximum capacity, pushing increasing volume into secondary airports that are not always suitable.
Brussels air cargo.
19 Nov 2018
Like commercial aviation’s takeoff and landing slot booking system, BRUcloud enables forwarders to reserve guaranteed slot times and designated warehouse dock doors with ground handlers, enabling their truckers to quickly discharge loads or collect shipments.
Supply chain management.
15 Nov 2018
Collaboration is not just an activity, but a process, and it requires a focus on customer experience, logistics executives told the Traffic Club of Chicago at a Business Development Symposium Wednesday.
Digital bill of lading.
09 Nov 2018
Efforts to digitize the bill of lading that must accompany each shipment, whether on an ocean vessel or tractor-trailer, aren’t necessarily new, but they’re gaining ground in an era of e-commerce and tight capacity.
Air cargo in China.
09 Nov 2018
Three major online buying events — Singles’ Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are coming — and when they are combined with the evolution of the three into global shopping and shipping events, it means more pressure on air freight pipelines.
Barges travel near the Rotterdam port.
07 Nov 2018
Executives from Imperial Logistics International participated in a wide-ranging question and answer session concerning the mounting intermodal transport challenges facing shippers and forwarders moving cargo around Europe.
Air cargo being loaded.
23 Oct 2018
“There should be enough space as supply catches up with demand, but it is still possible to have a peak like we did last year [2017],” a spokesman for Freight Investor Service said.
Air cargo being loaded.
19 Oct 2018
“I don’t know if the peak this year will look like last year, but we have about 20 freighters and take a lot of volume in our widebody fleet that we expanded quite a bit, so there are a lot more destinations,” Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg said. “But going into next year the future is unknown.”
Air cargo being loaded at London's Heathrow Airport.
02 Oct 2018
The two main regional markets for air freight — Asia Pacific for international shipments and North America for domestic shipments — may be headed toward slower growth, due to the ongoing trade war between their two largest economies, Airports Council International said.
Air cargo being loaded in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
28 Sep 2018
The International Air Transport Association said this slowing growth was coming against a backdrop of rising trade protectionism measures, and wider momentum in global trade was weakening.
Air cargo at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
27 Sep 2018
At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger and 42nd busiest cargo airport, congestion and delays in picking up/dropping off loads are adding wait time surcharges, and in some cases storage expenses, on to already high transport bills.
Nippon Cargo Airlines.
26 Sep 2018
Further, trans-Pacific shippers will welcome the additional capacity, especially this peak season, for several reasons.
Air cargo at Los Angeles International Airport, California.
30 Aug 2018
Air cargo freight rates between China and the United States have been rising since July, according to US-based logistics provider C.H. Robinson, and shipper concern about lack of space on the trans-Pacific trade is a factor in that rise.
Nippon Express.
15 Aug 2018
The JOC Top 50 Global Logistics Providers, published on JOC.com on April 13 and in the April 16 Journal of Commerce magazine, misstated the annual revenues for Nippon Express.
Air cargo loading.
08 Aug 2018
“Trade wars never produce winners. Governments must remember that prosperity comes from boosting their trade, not barricading economies,” the International Air Transport Association said.