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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 28, 2018

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, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 11, 2018

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 13, 2017

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 1, 2016

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 29, 2016

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 […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • April 4, 2016

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 […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • March 30, 2016

TPP signing by all 12 countries, a formality

Last week in Auckland, representatives from 12 Pacific Rim countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the world’s largest trade deal. The 12 nations include the United States and Japan, the world’s largest and third-largest economies, which together account for approximatey 40 percent of the global economy according to The Economist. Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 8, 2016

Japan felt the pain in 2015 as air cargo trade falls

A report by Nittsu Research Institute and Consulting (NRIC), a subsidiary of Japan’s largest freight forwarder, Nippon Express Co. said that international air cargo trade in Japan will fall 4.5 percent in fiscal year 2015, representing the first annual decline for the nation’s airfreight volume in two years. However, the 2.2 million tonne annual decline […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 16, 2016

Emirates lifts bridge equipment to Uganda

As 2015 drew to a close, Emirates SkyCargo took care of a massive enterprise on behalf of a Japanese construction company, delivering 84 tonnes of machinery needed to build a bridge over the Nile River, near Jinja, Uganda. The journey began at Tokyo’s Narita Airport and ended in Entebbe. The load also included a winch, […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 4, 2016

Japan’s Nippon Express opens Myanmar subsidiary

In another sign of Myanmar’s continuing re-emergence in the world cargo arena, Japanese forwarder Nippon Express Co., also known as Nittsu in its home country, has created a new subsidiary operation near Yangon, called Nittsu Logistics Myanmar Co. Tokyo-based Nippon Express, operator of the largest forwarding network in Japan, is one of the pioneers of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 23, 2015

Lufthansa, United form trans-Atlantic JV

Two months ago at the Freighters and Belly Cargo Conference in Abu Dhabi, Bernhard Kindelbacher, senior vice president for strategy, subsidiaries and business development at Lufthansa, said there would be an announcement of a new joint venture before the end of the year. Today’s news of Lufthansa Cargo and United Cargo expanding their current passenger […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 9, 2015

Lufthansa to expand JV, cut costs and staff

After a tougher-than-expected third quarter, Lufthansa Cargo has sent out mixed signals about its plans for 2016, announcing an expansion of its joint venture with All Nippon Airways (ANA) Cargo, but also launching a cost-cutting program that will likely reduce maindeck capacity and eliminate some jobs. Starting this month, Lufthansa Cargo and ANA expanded their […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 4, 2015

China slump to drive down Japan’s trade volume

The continuing economic slump in China is expected to worsen air cargo volumes in Japan’s international trade figures for 2015. According to Japan’s Nittsu Research Institute and Consulting, this will be the first time in two years that Japan will see its trade volume contract. Tokyo-based Nittsu, a subsidiary of Japanese freight forwarder Nippon Express […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 19, 2015
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