From freight to plate

More seafood than ever is being flown by air, setting new standards for speed A tongue-in-cheek saying you’re likely to hear within months of joining the air cargo industry is that if cargo is flying, someone, somewhere has made a mistake. As a mode of transportation, air transport is more expensive than road, rail or […]

DHL Global Trade Barometer predicts air trade contraction

The DHL Global Trade Barometer forecasts for global air trade dropped six points from March to a new index of 49, indicating a slight contraction over the next three months.  Most countries are expected to see air trade decline, with the largest contractions expected in Japan (-11 points) and the U.S. (-8 points). Further declines are expected in India […]

DHL GF expands Japanese presence to Hokkaido to aid seafood exports

To celebrate its 50th anniversary in Japan, DHL Global Forwarding has seafood rather than cake on its mind, as the forwarder opens a wholly owned office in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido and the fifth-largest city in the country. According to Charles Kaufmann, president and representative director of DHL Global Forwarding Japan K.K., the company […]

Japan Post, Toll Holdings to launch logistics JV

Japan Post is entering a joint venture (JV) with its Australian subsidiary Toll Holdings to address demand for logistics services from Japanese automakers and overseas brands and to handle “everything from orders and inventory to packaging and delivery.” The new company will be called JP Toll. The new company is being formed in an attempt by Japan […]

NCA outlines improvement plan for resuming operations

On 17 August, Nippon Cargo Airlines submitted an improvement plan to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT) that centers around “revising the flight scale to match the size of the staff” and according to a statement released by the carrier’s parent NYK Group, will include consolidating the fleet and maintenance operations to […]

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 […]

NCA slapped with ‘Business Improvement Order’ as limited flights continue

A month after the Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) halted all flight operations due to problems with its aircraft maintenance records, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT) issued a “Business Improvement Order” for violating safety procedures under the Civil Aeronautics Law of Japan. When the violations first came to light in mid-June, NCA […]

CHAMP to partner with Japanese company to create new cloud IT platform

Yesterday, Cargo Community System Japan Co. (CCSJ) and Luxembourg-based IT service provider CHAMP Cargosystems signed an agreement in a new partnership to design a cloud-based platform that will feature “IT infrastructure, an operational messaging platform and customer invoicing,” to address the needs of the Japanese cargo community. This project will be an extension of CHAMP […]

U.S. Marine Corps officially opens Japanese airfreight facility

The air transportation division of the U.S. Marine Corps held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new airfreight facility in Iwakuni, Japan, on Jan. 8., marking the site’s full launch after a partial opening in October 2017. The roughly 50,000-square-foot airfreight facility will support the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Iwakuni. “Before the new addition, […]

Japanese consortium launches cross-border blockchain trial

A consortium made up of some of Japan’s largest corporations will demonstrate the applicability of blockchain technology as a way to streamline and upgrade cross-border trade operations. Made up of companies such as IBM Japan and global shipping operator MOL Group, the transport-oriented consortium will input information of trade transactions, using a blockchain-based application. Considered […]

WorldACD: May another disappointment for air cargo

Air cargo volumes grew by an anemic 0.5 percent in May 2016, measured against the previous year’s May figures, according to WorldACD (see chart above). In a report released this week, the market data company noted significant diversity in performance, with the origin North America market tumbling 4 percent, year-over-year, while the Middle East/South Asia […]

Lufthansa, ANA expand their JV

Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will extend their much-lauded joint venture this July by merging both of their feeder networks. The new agreement builds on the current JV, which connects Lufthansa Cargo’s services in Germany, Austria, France, the U.K. and Belgium to intercontinental flights. As of July 12, all European countries will benefit […]

Shifting Sun: Japanese forwarders, carriers broaden their horizons

After U.S. and Japanese officials agreed in mid-February to add new landing and take-off slots at Tokyo Haneda Airport that will allow daytime flights to the United States for the first time, passenger carriers were practically licking their lips. Because of this agreement, Japanese and U.S. airlines will soon get five new slots each at […]

Shifting Sun: E-commerce alone might not be enough

For many regions enduring stagnant air cargo growth, the cure-all has often come in the form of e-commerce – the rising tide of international e-commerce that tends to lift all boats and inject life into moribund trade lanes. Japan’s proximity to China, one of the fastest-growing online retail markets in the world, may make e-commerce […]
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