Upset the Shopping Cart: Bonded warehouse vs. direct mail

In 2012, the Chinese government began establishing pilot e-commerce zones in a drive to boost domestic consumption. This allowed 3PLs to establish bonded warehouses within the zones, and clear customs for both import and exports moving through the zones. Since goods can be stored onsite at the warehouse until the time of purchase, much of […]

Kerry Logistics’ Blank brings Europe, China a bit closer

With its extensive infrastructure and footprint in the world’s biggest e-commerce market, China, Kerry Logistics is intimately involved in directing and processing the growing volumes of goods circulating the globe. In Europe, the company is working to grow its footprint, but the market is mature, necessitating an ambitious mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategy. In Munich, […]

The Power 25: How long can the good times last?

EARLY RISERS For this year’s Power 25, the positive trends outweighed the bad. Last year, we at Air Cargo World predicted DSV, following its completed absorption of UTi, would be a fast riser – and rise it did, leaping up seven spots on the Power 25 list, from No. 16 to No. 9. Now that […]

On the rails: Growth in Asia’s slower lane

Last October the British and Chinese governments agreed to allow more than double the number of passenger flights between the two nations and threw the door open to unlimited cargo flights. To date, however, no air carrier has availed itself of the opportunity. Instead, rail, as well as rival ground-based modes, have risen in popularity. […]

China-UK railroad corridor spells trouble for airfreight

The first container train from China reached the U.K. today, arriving at the London Eurohub in Barking. Completed in 18 days, the rail transit connection threatens to disrupt China-Europe supply chains, with airfreight appearing especially vulnerable. The 10,000- to 12,000-kilometer transit takes 12 to 18 days, depending on the route used, and is attractive for […]

Hong Kong’s U-Freight: Industry only ‘scratched surface’ of e-commerce

After attending the recent Amazon Global Selling Expo in Hangzhou, China, Hong Kong-based logistics firm U-Freight Group said that the growth potential for global e-commerce is “far from exhausted,” even in well-established regions, such as the United States, Europe and Japan. U-Freight CEO Simon Wong added, however, that the air cargo industry will need “new […]

Can modest Shenyang Airport live up to its lofty ambitions?

Hong Kong’s premier air cargo handler sees promising potential in northeastern China, not far from the border with North Korea. In September, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl) subsidiary Hactl Development Holdings signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Liaoning Airport Management Group, owner of Shenyang Taoxian International Airport, in what both parties described […]

Cargo turnaround continues into October for AAPA airlines

The turnaround in international air cargo demand has extended into the month of October with a 7.1 percent increase, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTK), for member airlines of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). Growth in demand significantly outpaced the 3.9 percent expansion in offered freight capacity, leading to a 1.9 percentage-point rise […]

Can’t buy me love? China’s ‘Singles Day’ misses target by $2.2 billion

China’s biggest online shopping day – the now-famous “Singles Day” (11/11) that has become the Chinese equivalent of “Black Friday” in the United States – began setting records right away, with Alibaba selling more than US$1 billion in the first five minutes and $7.2 billion in the first two hours of shopping. The online retail […]

Warehouse building boom chases Chinese consumers

In August – two months before SEKO Logistics would sign onto Alibaba.com’s “OnePartner” program – the U.S.-based forwarder opened a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Hong Kong, following the establishment of another 50,000-square-foot facility in the territory last November. Both of these facilities are aimed straight at e-commerce. The first one targets the Hong Kong market, chiefly […]

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 […]

Encouraging gains reported at Fraport’s airports in September

Air cargo volumes at airport operator Fraport’s facilities rose at all the company’s high-volume airports, except for Lima, which fell another 9.5 percent, year-over-year, on the back of Chile’s ongoing market downturn. At Fraport’s flagship operation, Frankfurt, y-o-y cargo volumes rose 5.8 percent to 176,921 tonnes. While less significant in terms of volumes, Fraport’s two […]

YTO plans larger aircraft for international expansion

China’s third-largest express delivery company, YTO Express Airlines, has formally announced plans to introduce at least three widebody freighters into its fleet by 2018 as it prepares to expand its presence beyond its home market, according to a report from China Aviation Daily. YTO Airlines’ parent company, YTO Express, operates a robust ground delivery network, […]

Alibaba creates a Russian subsidiary

According to a report in the Russian financial newspaper Kommersant, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has set up and registered a subsidiary company in Russia. Mark Zavadsky, who will run the new company, said its aim was “to further expand our business and support our partners, and also to facilitate cooperation with the Russian authorities.” Zavadsky […]
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