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Early Lunar New Year stalls Asian air cargo recovery

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Feb 1, 2023, 10:29 AM EST

The traditional air cargo market slowdown has been exaggerated by an early start to the Lunar New Year and an unfavorable comparison with last year’s robust peak season.
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UPS to sharpen focus on ‘smart’ technology in ‘bumpy’ 2023

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 31, 2023, 4:31 PM EST

Technology that connects and automates packages, trucks, and sorting facilities will come to the fore at UPS this year as the largest US logistics provider positions itself for an economic rebound.
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Freightos goes public on NASDAQ in first measure of logistics tech value

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 25, 2023, 5:00 PM EST

Freightos’ public listing on the NASDAQ will be the first test of how public investors value one of the more prominent logistics technology companies to emerge over the past decade.
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Forwarding tech providers push into US trucking market

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 21, 2022, 1:53 PM EST

The need for forwarders to tether quoting and tracking in international freight modes to US surface modes has been highlighted by new offerings from ECU Worldwide and Freightos.
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Global air freight capacity oversupplied entering 2023

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Dec 20, 2022, 11:59 AM EST

Whereas a shortage of capacity in major trades was the chief issue for air cargo providers over the past two years, the greatest challenge in 2023 will be a lack of demand.
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November air cargo slump extends peak season blues

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Dec 15, 2022, 2:01 PM EST

The weakness in Asia’s air freight export markets continued through the traditionally strong month of November, with little prospect of an end-of-year boost in demand.
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No seasonal uplift as air cargo market deteriorates further

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Dec 2, 2022, 11:24 AM EST

Dismal November air cargo data has all but assured a weak end to 2022 with no sign of a seasonal uplift in demand or rate levels from an oversupplied market.
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Landside logistics next step in decarbonization drive: Maersk

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Nov 23, 2022, 12:41 PM EST

The expanding platform provided by shippers seeking green transport has allowed Maersk to ramp up its ocean sustainability efforts, with greening landside logistics the next target.
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New K+N freighter flies into slowing air cargo market

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Nov 23, 2022, 10:53 AM EST

Forwarder Kuehne + Nagel is receiving new freighter capacity as global demand wanes and rate levels tumble through a non-existent peak season.
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Annual air cargo contracts vanish as market weakens

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Nov 18, 2022, 12:41 PM EST

Growing uncertainty over demand levels and falling rates is making longer-term traditional air freight block space agreements unattractive.
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Lithium batteries in US postal system raising red flags

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Nov 11, 2022, 11:20 AM EST

Soaring online orders for electronics and mobility devices are flooding the US postal services with undeclared lithium-ion batteries, posing a growing threat to the transport supply chain.
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Air cargo CEOs predict first-quarter recovery in volume

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Nov 9, 2022, 11:50 AM EST

The global air cargo industry is flying into bracing headwinds, but airline CEOs remain largely positive that demand will return early next year.
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Air cargo market braces for turbulent 2023

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Nov 4, 2022, 10:15 AM EDT

There is no sign of an air cargo peak season this year and few signals that 2023 will see any improvement as global economic conditions worsen.
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Demand for heavy-lift air transport outstrips supply

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Oct 31, 2022, 5:42 PM EDT

Sanctions against Russia have sharply reduced available heavy-lift air tonnage even as energy sector demand escalates.
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Air cargo carriers battle worsening supply-demand imbalance

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Oct 19, 2022, 11:07 AM EDT

The world’s long-haul airlines are celebrating a steady return of passenger traffic, but as planes fill with travelers, weakening freight demand means carriers are struggling to fill the surplus cargo capacity below their feet.
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Flight-cutting plan at Amsterdam Schiphol puts freighter slots at risk

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Oct 18, 2022, 10:36 AM EDT

A proposal to significantly reduce annual flights at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is rattling air cargo operators at the airport.
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Maersk expands air cargo offerings with new Chicago facility

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Oct 12, 2022, 4:47 PM EDT

Maersk's new air freight facility in Chicago is building on its fast-growing air cargo offering following the November 2021 acquisition of Senator International and purchase of new freighters for its Maersk Air Cargo division.
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Peak season hopes fade for ‘jumpy’ air cargo market

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Oct 7, 2022, 11:09 AM EDT

Demand for air cargo declined through September, and analysts say there is nothing in their data to indicate a pickup in volume out of Asia through the balance of the year.
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Air freight rates tumble as demand weakens, capacity rises

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Sep 30, 2022, 10:29 AM EDT

Spot rates on some air cargo routes out of Asia have fallen below long-term contract levels, mirroring the development in ocean shipping.
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MSC takes first step into air cargo market

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Sep 26, 2022, 11:48 AM EDT

Cementing access to controlled air freight capacity is behind MSC’s move to join peers CMA CGM and Maersk in launching an air cargo division.
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