Air Cargo

The Journal of Commerce’s air cargo news covers the movement of air cargo, including air cargo shipping, air cargo carriers, air freight forwarders, air freight, air shipments, cargo airports and cargo news. It also tracks air cargo trends, air freight news, shifting of cargo between air and ocean, airports and airfreight delays and congestion.

The latest Air Cargo News & Analysis

Logistics’ complicated structure requires equally complex approach to AI usage

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
ChatGPT and generative AI have captured most of the attention around artificial intelligence in logistics, but the diverse range of processes underpinning global supply chains require multiple types of AI working in concert.
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Maersk launches online air freight tool targeted at Indian shippers

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Maersk’s integrator strategy has encompassed more access to air freight capacity, including a new tool for shippers in India to digitally price and book specific flights.
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Air cargo rates, volume take off as Lunar New Year begins

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The seasonal rise in air freight demand out of China ahead of the holiday has been strong, but analysts say the Red Sea effect on rising volumes remains unclear.
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Gebrüder Weiss buys Cargo-Link, expanding US LCL network

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The Austria-based global logistics provider looks to increase its US presence, adding less-than-containerload services by acquiring a Utah-based forwarder.
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DSV volume stabilizes in Q4 to deliver solid 2023 result

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
While down significantly from 2022, the forwarder remained profitable last year as fourth-quarter gains helped dull the full-year impact of sharply correcting global freight markets.
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Pre-Lunar New Year rush, Red Sea disruption boost Asia-Europe air rates, demand

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
A seasonal push to get shipments out of Asia before factories close for the Lunar New Year may be masking a switch to air from disrupted ocean networks.
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Forward, Omni Logistics seal long-awaited deal to merge businesses

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
With an amended merger agreement, months of contentious litigation are behind the companies, clearing the way for their combined forwarding and LTL operations. 
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Red Sea disruption drives Asia-Europe shippers to air, rail alternatives

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
While the available capacity offered by air and rail is nowhere near that of ocean, the modes give cargo owners an alternative transport option for their more urgent shipments.
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Lack of US market access kills CMA CGM-Air France-KLM air cargo deal

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The two French giants are in discussions to set up a new partnership, with each party operating its own independent air cargo network.
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Forwarders warn of Asia-Europe air rate surge amid Red Sea crisis

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Extended transit times, growing equipment shortages and port congestion are forcing European and Asian cargo owners to explore alternatives to ocean transport.
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Trans-Pacific air cargo rate rally ends in steep new year dive

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The strong e-commerce demand from the US that kept trans-Pacific air cargo rates rising through the fourth quarter quickly fell off after the end-of-year holidays.
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Steady rise in passenger capacity undermining air freight rate growth

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Air freight volumes are not expected to show any significant growth until well into 2024, and some analysts question whether there will even be a peak season for exports from Asia at the end of the year.
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Freight transport’s ‘new normal’ marked by slower growth

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Lower consumer demand for imports and domestic goods reshaped international and US freight markets in 2023.
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Surging e-commerce demand lifts Hong Kong air cargo into peak season

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Online shopping in North America and Europe has generated huge air freight volume out of China, with demand expected to continue past the Lunar New Year in February.
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DHL, Teamsters agree on tentative pact, ending Cincinnati hub strike

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Workers loading and unloading planes at DHL Express’s Cincinnati-Kentucky hub will get higher wages and better benefits in a deal that ends a strike that threatened to disrupt the carrier’s US operations.
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Deutsche Bahn launches long-awaited sales process for DB Schenker unit

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Those making offers — which analysts say could top $20 billion — are expected to be a list of major global forwarders including DSV, Kuehne+Nagel and DHL Global Forwarding.
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Rise in trans-Pacific air freight rates tempered by weak underlying market

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Rates on the eastbound trans-Pacific are at levels not seen since September 2022, but indicators suggest the market strength will not extend too far into 2024.
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Maersk to invest $500 million in Southeast Asia logistics even as integrator model struggles

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The spending program will target the company’s logistics and services arm with a “substantial amount of investment” earmarked for its ocean and terminals infrastructure in the region.
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Asian air freight stages US, Europe rate surge in November

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
But rising air cargo rates on the major Asian export trade lanes do not portend a peak season this year with analysts pointing to poor economic conditions exerting strong downward pressure on consumers in the US and Europe.
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‘No vacancy’ signs up on trans-Pacific as e-commerce demand absorbs air cargo capacity

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
A month ago, no one was predicting a peak season for air cargo on the trans-Pacific, but finding space from China to the US has become difficult as e-commerce demand heats up.
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DSV signs onto $10 billion JV linked to Saudi-backed NEOM port project

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The announcement was made simultaneously with the forwarder releasing its nine-month financial results that reflected softening air and ocean markets, dragging down profitability from last year’s record performance.
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Forwarders facing margin pressure from smaller shipments, shift of air to ocean

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Shipments are getting smaller over time, driven in part by e-commerce growth, but also by a market that is disentangling cargo previously handled through air or ocean consolidation.
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Air cargo demand out of Asia puts spot rates on upward path, for now

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The last two months have been good for the air cargo market on export trade lanes out of Asia, but there remains considerable uncertainty whether the positive momentum will continue.
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Asian air export rates rose in Q3 as cargo demand stabilized

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Rising airline costs and increasing air cargo demand over the last three months have largely insulated rate levels against a steady and significant increase in available air freight capacity.
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Logistics software helping blur lines between forwarder, shipper processes: WiseTech CEO

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Richard White said in an interview with the Journal of Commerce the logistics industry is stuck in a pattern of tackling small problems instead of viewing international trade as a large, connected system.
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Air cargo facing non-existent demand growth for a ‘few quarters’: Xeneta

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
A widening imbalance between available air freight capacity and demand has dragged global rates to their lowest level since the start of the pandemic, with no signs of volumes improving on key outbound routes from Asia.
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Clark departs Flexport amid differences with founder over strategic shift

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
A difference of opinion over Flexport’s strategic shift toward fulfillment aimed at small businesses has prompted CEO Dave Clark to depart the company only a year after he came aboard.
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Market interest ‘should be very high’ in DB Schenker sale: CEO

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The German-based forwarder remains the largest and most attractive takeover target in a cash-rich industry where the main players are all looking for opportunities to consolidate.
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Data shows US in midst of extended period of inventory drawdowns: analyst

Jason Miller, associate professor of logistics at Michigan State University, and Journal of Commerce analyst |
Inventory drawdowns and right-sizing will keep Asia-to-US container and air freight volumes soft well into 2024, writes analyst Jason Miller.
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M&A activity in 3PL sector continues as investment firm acquires Ascent

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Two weeks after Forward Air acquired forwarder Omni Logistics, a private investment fund has taken over expedited third-party logistics provider Ascent Global Logistics.
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Logistics industry tiptoeing toward AI adoption: Freightos research

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Shippers and forwarders recently surveyed by Freightos believe artificial intelligence will reduce headcounts in the logistics industry, even if they have yet to figure out how best to use the still-emerging technology.
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Falling air cargo rates remain elevated despite supply-demand imbalance

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Spot rates have fallen significantly over the past year, but there is still some way to go before prices are back to 2019 levels.
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MSC adds Italian airline to expanding air cargo offering

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
AlisCargo will join MSC’s air freight division in early 2024 as the ocean carrier steadily builds out its global air network.
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Shippers in control as summer slump, surplus space cuts air cargo rates

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Air cargo capacity continues to grow through the summer, outpacing weak demand from major destination markets with no sign yet of any turnaround.
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Tough market conditions slow DHL’s H1 profitability

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
A challenging operating environment pulled down revenue and earnings at DHL, but the Germany-based integrator remains in a highly profitable position ahead of an uncertain second half.
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Long-term chartered air freight capacity depressing market: DSV

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Forwarders in 2021 signed long-term air cargo charters to meet rising demand for air freight resulting from an overheated ocean market, and some of those charter deals are still in place despite a widespread demand slowdown.
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Strategic focus on higher-margin business pays off for forwarders

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The decision by DSV and Kuehne + Nagel to protect yields at the expense of volume is allowing the forwarders to move into an uncertain second half in a solidly profitable position.
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Major forwarders riding out slow return of traditional freight markets

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The CEOs of DSV and Kuehne + Nagel, shrugging off heavily distorted year-over-year comparisons, described their second-quarter results as “solid” and reflective of the evolving normalization of the air and ocean markets.
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Maersk grows air freight services with opening of Atlanta hub

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The 123,000-square-foot warehouse will also serve as a forward staging area for the carrier’s South Carolina-based flight operations that link the southeast US to Germany, China and South Korea.
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Visibility product launches show cargo market open to new options

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Three new visibility products — from a hardware provider, a forwarder and a data provider — are evidence of a diverse cargo visibility market that is expanding options for shippers.
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