Cargo Insights: Do you have an appointment?

The dentist’s office just called to confirm my appointment for a semiannual checkup next week. The reminder is always welcome, since missing the appointed time puts me back in the queue, delaying treatment and disrupting schedules on both sides. Appointments are essential because if everyone just showed up unexpectedly at the dentist’s office, there would […]

Consultant Insight: Forwarders end 3Q uncertain of what 2020 may bring

Declining volumes, profit improvements and a pessimistic outlook for 2020 pretty much sums up the latest earnings reports from major freight forwarders. Earnings reports from Kuehne + Nagel, DSV Panalpina, Expeditors, C.H. Robinson and DHL Global Forwarding and Freight were reviewed and while there was some positive news, overall, there is concern for the freight […]

Temperature-controlled products heat up air cargo demand

With news of July being the hottest on record, it seemed fitting that we take a look at temperature-controlled air cargo. Indeed, a number of freight forwarders noted in recent earnings reports that temperature-controlled volumes were a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing first half of the year for air cargo. However, while temperature-controlled products […]

At long last, IATA reaches agreement with FIATA

Burying the hatchet after four years of protracted negotiations and occasional disagreements, IATA and FIATA have joined forces to “review, refine, and reengineer the current Cargo Agency Program to develop a new and modernized Program – IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP).” The new agreement will replace the current “IATA Cargo Agency Program,” and will  establish […]

Kerry Logistics sees opportunities in North America with APEX acquisition

Today Hong Kong-based logistics provider Kerry Logistics completed its acquisition of a 51 percent controlling stake in California-based, full-service freight forwarder, APEX Maritime. Although APEX’s strength is in oceanfreight, with 270,000 TEUs handled in 2015, the deal also has broader implications for Kerry’s airfreight forwarding operations, and expansion into the U.S. market through its increased […]