American Airlines has record-breaking Q2, but proceeds with caution

The cargo arm of the traditionally passenger-focused American Airlines increased its second quarter freight volume by 10 percent to 158,757 tonnes compared to the same period last year, according to its recent quarterly statement. The airline said this marks its best June performance in more than 10 years, standing out among many carriers that saw […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 9, 2018

E.U.-Japan free-trade deal expected to increase trade by 18 percent

While much of the world remains concerned about the long-term effects of the protectionist policies the United States has taken with China, Europe, Mexico and Canada, the European Union and Japan have taken steps to solidify their relationship with what is being called the E.U.’s largest bilateral trade agreement in its history. According to an analysis […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 27, 2018

In Safe Hands: Some quick safety audit definitions

ACC3 – stands for “Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport.” This designation is required in order for these carriers to fly cargo into or through the European Union. ACC3 ensures that companies are complying with terror-related security procedures. There’s a lot of overlap between cargo theft and […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 2, 2018

WCA 2018: If you can’t beat Amazon, fulfill ‘em

SINGAPORE – Few other names are as sure to pack a conference session room as fast as the word “Amazon.” Such was the case on Tuesday during the second day of e-commerce keynote discussions here at the 10th annual WCA Worldwide Conference, when Rob Donald, director and co-founder of Corten Logistics spoke about his experiences […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 6, 2018

Switzerland’s floating exchange rate drives up cross-border e-commerce

Switzerland is a microcosm of cross-border e-commerce, with its multi-cultural population (German, French, and Italian speaking), non-European Union customs and taxes and unique payment preferences – all wrapped up in a country that’s smaller than most U.S. states. But it’s complexity and small size hasn’t prevented the Central European country from developing one of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 16, 2017

Air transport associations urge E.U. to fix border delays

Nobody enjoys flight delays, and in an open letter to the European Council of Ministers, several air transport organizations are calling for European Union member states to adopt measures reducing widespread delays that followed recent regulatory changes. Delays at E.U. airports, the letter stated, have increased drastically after the recent implementation of an E.U. regulation […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 28, 2017

European Commission re-imposes cartel fine against 10 carriers

It appears March is turn-back-the-clock month in the European air cargo industry. Just a week after a European Union court today reversed an earlier decision preventing UPS from purchasing TNT Airways in 2013 on antitrust grounds, the European Commission (EC) has reversed a December 2015 decision by the General Court to annul the 2010 cartel […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 17, 2017

Made in Vietnam: Emerging logistics giant isn’t slowing down post-TPP

Electronics manufacturers in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam had been ramping up capacity since 2008, when the country joined 11 other nations in crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. The free-trade agreement would be the largest ever conceived and promised to promote economic growth and launch Vietnam as a regional manufacturing and export […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 2, 2017

U.K., China clear unlimited cargo flights

An agreement last week to remove limits on the number of cargo flights between the United Kingdom and China is an encouraging signal that post-Brexit policy makers are serious about exploring, or expanding, trade routes outside of the Euro zone. Additional flights “will provide massive opportunities for our businesses, helping increase trade, create jobs and […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 18, 2016

U.K.-based carriers, airports search for Brexit signs

Last month’s British vote to bow out of the European Union has unleashed political turmoil across the nation. In the logistics industry, responses to the “Brexit” have been less dramatic, but operators are bracing themselves for tough and uncertain times ahead. Initial reactions showed consternation and confusion in the face of an outcome that had […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • August 2, 2016

Uncertainty prevails in air cargo following Brexit vote

The medium- to long-term impact of the historic “Brexit” vote held yesterday is still unclear, with industry insiders confident that little will change in the immediate future. As the news of the U.K.’s referendum on leaving the EU came in late on Thursday night, British and European trade groups underlined the importance of a pragmatic […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 24, 2016

WCS 2016: CEIV certifications projected to hit 80 by year end

BERLIN — IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validator’s (CEIV) program has been around since August 2013, but still remains a mystery to many in the industry. But that mystery is dissolving as the number of CEIV certified entities — a certification that the enterprise adheres to the highest standard of excellence for the handling […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 15, 2016

WCS 2016: ICAO’s Dr. Liu projects notable air cargo growth through 2030

BERLIN — While the chief aim in the freight business is to move as much cargo as possible, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is in existence to make sure it’s done as safely as possible — and that is despite some notable growth in air cargo expected through 2030, said ICAO Secretary General, Dr. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 15, 2016

Forwarders brace for impact of new EU customs code

In May, the new European Union Customs Code will come into effect. According to its authors, the new code will streamline the clearance process and make it more transparent and user-friendly. But there are concerns about some elements, as well as the time frame for its introduction. Forwarders, especially, are looking with some trepidation to […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • February 3, 2016
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