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

'Nasty’ air cargo market puts forwarders under pressure: Xeneta

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Weak demand from key regions in an air freight industry awash with excess capacity is forcing forwarders with block space agreements to fend off aggressive pricing policies by rivals.
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South Korean entities to develop Chicago, New Jersey transloading facilities

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The locations were chosen based on their proximity to key rail, airport and port facilities, the partners said.
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Maersk’s growing air freight coverage driven by in-house demand

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
There is little demand to be seen in air cargo routes out of Asia, but the aggressive expansion of Maersk Air Cargo connections to the US and Europe points to strong interest from the carrier’s existing customers.
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Regulatory support critical for aviation’s green energy transition: IATA

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The air and ocean shipping sectors have set out their decarbonization agendas, but policy help is urgently required to underpin investment in new fuel technology and production, a global trade group says.
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IATA upgrades global airline outlook as recovery gathers momentum

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The airline industry has performed better than expected so far this year, with the International Air Transport Association providing a surprisingly sunny financial outlook for an industry with a forecasted profit margin of just 1.2%.
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Slow demand, rising capacity drags air cargo rates to three-year low

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Air cargo carriers are set for a bleak few months, with high inventory levels and economic issues in destination markets further dampening the traditionally slow summer season.
Air CargoTrans-PacificAsia-EuropeAir Cargo Forwarder News

Asian air cargo rates fall on rising capacity, cooling demand

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
There are few signs of improvement in demand for air freight on major trade lanes out of Asia, while a steady increase in below-deck belly capacity is adding to the downward pressure on rate levels.
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DHL Express plans US physical expansion, including delayed new hub

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
International air express carrier DHL is building out its US footprint to gain greater density and reach in its largest market, its CEO for the Americas says.
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European green fuel regulations place airlines on notice

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
There are concerns that the latest requirement could force the price of sustainable aviation fuel higher, which would be felt in the pockets of airline passengers and cargo shippers.
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UPS preps for flagging volumes with cuts in headcount, sort facilities

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Package volumes at the largest US package carrier by revenue fell farther than expected in the first quarter, especially in March, thanks to shifts in spending, UPS executives said. 
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‘Normalizing’ ocean, air markets drag down K+N’s Q1 earnings

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The forwarder’s CFO said ocean freight demand in the second quarter was expected to be much the same as Q1, but there were signs that stockpiling by customers in major markets was nearing an end.
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Maersk adds new China-US flights to growing air cargo network

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Maersk’s growing air cargo capacity is being used to plug gaps in connectivity in the carrier’s integrated end-to-end logistics offering.
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High-flying trans-Atlantic air cargo volume posts March decline

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Steadily increasing volume on trans-Atlantic air freight routes ended in March as demand growth slowed for the first time in two years.
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CMA CGM air cargo deal with Air France-KLM takes off

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The 10-year partnership between Air France-KLM and CMA CGM will dramatically expand the available air cargo capacity and global network of the France-based fleet.
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Forwarders raked in record revenues in 2022 despite H2 demand collapse

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Historic highs in global freight volumes and rates in the first half of last year helped insulate third-party logistics providers (3PLs) from a market collapse in the second half.
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Forwarders grapple with new freight rate math on tech investments

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Forwarders that experimented with new software during the days of robust freight demand now face a dilemma over what technology produces actual returns on investment as volumes and margin shrink.
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German strikes over pay dispute cripple transportation network

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
German unions demanding inflation-busting wage increases walked off the job Monday, bringing the country’s transport system to a halt.
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Air cargo market weakens as capacity floods into service on major trades

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
In addition to long-haul passenger aircraft with significant belly freight capacity coming back into service to capture growing travel business, several airlines are adding freighters to the major trade lanes.
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Freightos’ 2022 financials reveal losses amid improving operating margins

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Freight rate booking marketplace Freightos said its unprofitable business is seeing improving margins and that scale will help it past the breakeven point.
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China recovery, pent-up demand signals air cargo growth this year: trade groups

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The post-pandemic recovery of China’s economy following the lifting of restrictions late last year is sparking increasingly optimistic expectations for the air cargo market in 2023 despite a challenging start to the year.
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Acquisition spree continues despite downshift in container shipping bull run

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
The container shipping industry’s profit margins are easing, but the appetite for acquisitions — from air cargo units to last-mile delivery logistics — isn’t letting up, writes Journal of Commerce Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
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Overhaul acquisition consolidates freight risk management market

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Freight visibility provider Overhaul has acquired a competitor that doubles its size and gives it deeper cargo monitoring capability in Brazil, Mexico, and Central Europe.
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C.H. Robinson reaffirms commitment to global forwarding business

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The largest US logistics provider claims “compelling results” from cross-selling surface transportation and air and ocean services, despite weak market conditions.
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DSV books record result for 2022, but warns that bull run for profits is over

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Denmark’s DSV collected record profits for 2022, but the forwarder says a return to a more “normal” market has begun.
ForwardingTrans-PacificTrans-AtlanticAsia-EuropeAir Cargo Forwarder News

Early Lunar New Year stalls Asian air cargo recovery

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
Air Cargo Forwarder News

Air cargo CEOs predict first-quarter recovery in volume

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
A proposal to significantly reduce annual flights at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is rattling air cargo operators at the airport.
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