de Juniac’s air cargo priorities for 2019: Trade, global standards, modernization

SINGAPORE — After acknowledging a rather sour start to the year for air cargo, IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac, in today’s opening address of the 13th World Cargo Symposium, called on governments and the air cargo industry to reverse this trend by focusing on three priorities to expand air cargo demand and maximize economic […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 12, 2019

Trans-Pacific rates, traffic decline early in 2019

Airfreight traffic among Asia-Pacific carriers is on the decline so far in 2019, defying expectations of increased shipments ahead of the Chinese New Year. Meanwhile, while data from the TAC Index, which publishes weekly average general cargo prices on major global origin-destination pairs, indicates that trans-Pacific airfreight rates between Hong Kong and North America have likewise fallen nearly […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 11, 2019

UPS’ Cindy Miller on the redefinition of ‘customer experience’ in forwarding

There was a time not long ago when the shipment of goods across an international border was considered a matter of grave, time-consuming importance that may take days to resolve. With e-commerce, those days are gone forever as customer expectations are continuing to be more demanding. The concept of waiting the traditional “five to seven business […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 4, 2018

NAFTA is out, USMCA is in

The United States and its North American trade partners have finally agreed on concrete parameters of a new trade agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The last-minute deal, called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), came after over a year of suspense that has intensified over the last month, after the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 2, 2018

Shifting Trade Winds: How trends, tariffs and tech create new cargo routes

As the peak season kicks into high gear, the freighters line up on the apron to be loaded with the newest basketball shoes, electronics and toys for the fourth quarter holiday rush. Nearby, companies such as Intel, Foxconn, LG, Samsung, Nike, Adidas and Puma have been pumping out products at full capacity for months. Now, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 1, 2018

Atlas Air to operate 747F for SF Express on trans-Pacific routes

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary Atlas Air recently inked a new ACMI lease agreement with SF Express to operate a 747-400F on trans-Pacific routes for the express carrier. The deal, which will commence in October, will expand the Shenzen-based SF Express network into the trans-Pacific market. SF Express has traditionally operated a fleet of narrowbody […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 21, 2018

July cargo traffic reports give hope for second half of 2018

Last month, when the tariff disputes were headline news and talk of “trade wars” dominated discussions about international logistics, there was a wave of nervousness that swept through the air cargo world about a dip in carrier performance for the month of June. Today, the concern is still present, but the numbers released about July’s air cargo […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 17, 2018

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 27, 2018

Independence Fray: Taking a holiday on free trade

Today, we at Air Cargo World are taking the day off to celebrate the United States’ hard-won independence from its Mother Country 242 years ago. We Americans will break out the usual red, white and blue bunting and march in star-spangled parades. But this year, the celebration feels a little different – the fireworks a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 4, 2018

Trade War Fallout: 5 ways the Trump tariffs could impact air cargo

In trade wars, there tend to many casualties and few winners. But in the current politically charged climate, a trade war is now a reality, as the United States decided in March to adopt an aggressive protectionist policy to correct what the Trump administration believes is a crippling trade deficit between the U.S. and several […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 21, 2018

Hitting the wall: Tariffs may bring a premature end to the cargo boom

Air cargo volumes over the past year achieved levels not seen in more than a decade as surging global economies fueled demand and reinvigorated the need for speed. Retailers and manufacturers seem to have been the prime users as increased business brought about by the e-commerce megatrend created the need for fast product delivery. Now, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • June 5, 2018