Amazon bulks up its delivery network with huge electric vehicle order

Amazon placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vehicles, Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, announced on Twitter today. The vans, from Rivian Automotive, are expected to begin delivering packages in 2021. https://twitter.com/davehclark/status/1174697626685661186?s=20 The move is not altogether surprising, as Amazon earlier this year led a $700 million equity investment in Rivian […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 19, 2019

Emirates SkyCargo partners with e-commerce start-up Seafood Souq

Emirates SkyCargo announced today it has entered into a partnership with with Dubai-based e-commerce start-up Seafood Souq to support transparent and efficient transportation of seafood for Seafood Souq’s customers. As part of the partnership, Emirates SkyCargo Cargo will transport seafood shipments from source markets to customers using Seafood Souq’s app. Initially, shipments will be delivered […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 18, 2019

Does increase in FedEx 2020 shipping rates prelude strategy shift? 

FedEx announced new shipping rates for FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight will come into effect Jan. 6, 2020.  The new rates will include increases in surcharges and fees for FedEx’s U.S. Express Package Services, U.S. Ground Services, International Express Package Services, International Ground Services, U.S. Express Freight Services, International Express Freight Services, as well as an […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 17, 2019

Outlook is positive for African air cargo carriers as trade with China grows

African carriers have been a shining star in an otherwise dismal global airfreight market. Year-to-date through July, freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) are up 4.9% year-over-year while capacity is up 13.6%. This region has been on an upward but erratic path in recent years with much of the growth attributed to its trade relations with Asia-Pacific. […]
  • Cathy Roberson
  • September 17, 2019

Agile forwarding: How top forwarders innovate in the Middle East

Even in 2017, when air cargo operators saw double-digit gains in year-over-year traffic, growth in the Middle East was comparatively slow. The region’s geographic location had long made it a hub for trade between the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, and likewise positioned major gulf carriers like Emirates, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines high in […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 16, 2019

Hong Kong protests exacerbate continued declines in Cathay’s August traffic 

Today, Cathay Pacific reported overall August cargo traffic down 11.6% year-over-year (y-o-y) to 925,487 freight-tonne kilometers (FTKs), signaling the impact of recent airport disruptions at the carrier’s Hong Kong hub and headwinds related to the trade war that already were driving down traffic for the carrier.   August cargo and mail tonnage at Cathay fell 14% y-o-y to 161,394 tonnes. Meanwhile, the cargo and mail load factor fell by 7.5 percentage points […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 11, 2019

BIFA slams ‘inconsistent’ development of new UK Customs system 

Yesterday, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) expressed its concern over the new “Customs Declaration System” (CDS) that will replace the existing “Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight” (CHIEF) system used for processing customs declarations in the United Kingdom. BIFA said it is concerned that the progress with the development of the new system has […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 10, 2019

UPS moves to promote Foreign Trade Zone opportunities in a world of uncertainty

International trade is becoming increasingly complicated thanks to tariffs, trade agreements and political maneuvering such as Brexit. Having a logistics partner to guide companies through such uncertainties is certainly beneficial as complexity increases. To that end, in a well-timed move, UPS recently announced the incorporation of foreign trade zone (FTZ) capabilities within its customs brokerage, […]
  • Cathy Roberson
  • September 9, 2019

Weakness in air cargo drags on into July, IATA reports 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data today indicating that cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 3.2% year-over-year in July. Year-to-date demand is down 3.5% y-o-y. The further decline in traffic from last month suggests the air cargo industry is still experiencing the impact of political economic uncertainty.   Freight capacity growth rose […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 5, 2019

JetBlue launches cargo operations 

This week, JetBlue announced it will partner with Miami-based consultancy Aeronex Cargo to gradually expand the carrier’s cargo operations.   Initially, JetBlue will utilize flights to and from Fort Lauderdale to interline cargo moving through Miami International (MIA), with Aeronex organizing the MIA to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) road-feeder transportation.    Prior to 2018, the low-cost carrier did not carry any cargo at all. The decision to foray into air cargo follows the successful execution of a pilot program launched in 2018 under which […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 28, 2019

Airfreight braces for more tariffs as trade war expands [VIDEO]

The news late last week of additional tariffs levied by China on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods and a subsequent increase from 25% to 30% in tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Chinese goods is the latest development in the trade war that has already pushed some supply chains out of China and into […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 26, 2019

Halifax Stanfield breaks ground on new Air Cargo Logistics Park 

Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) began construction this week on a new Air Cargo Logistics Park at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ). The new facility is meant to increase capacity at the airport and support the export of Nova Scotia businesses’ goods to international markets.  The Air Cargo Logistics Park will be built on 25 […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 22, 2019

DHL, Komatsu sign import agreement for shipments into Australia, New Zealand 

Japanese construction and mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu has signed a new multi-year agreement with DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding, in which DHL will import Komatsu’s goods into Australia and New Zealand. The companies anticipate more than a million kilograms of products will be shipped annually into the countries as a result of the agreement.  Under the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 21, 2019
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