Last-mile tech startup FarEye looks to Americas for expansion

India-based logistics technology startup FarEye, announced yesterday that it plans to grow its presence in the United States by opening a Chicago office and building out its team of local experts to serve the U.S. market. For starters, the company appointed Larry Klimczyk as president of the Americas region. The company’s CTO, Gaurav Srivastava, will also be relocating to Chicago.   Best known for its end-to-end […]

CNS 2019: Unilode rolling out tracking tags to collect real-time ULD data

MIAMI – In an ongoing project to make unit load devices (ULDs) more useful for the track-and-trace demands of e-commerce, Don Jacobs, chief commercial officer and managing director for Unilode’s Americas segment, said yesterday at the CNS Partnership Conference that it has begun rolling out a new Bluetooth-equipped tag to provide real-time data to mobile […]

CNS 2019: Despite improved DG handling, manufacturing standards still lag

MIAMI – At the CNS 2019 Partnership Conference yesterday, Jonathan Pai, technical solutions engineer, Smiths Detection, advocated for more rigid manufacturing standards for lithium batteries during his presentation titled, “Deep learning algorithm and lithium battery detection.”   Despite IATA’s efforts to alert carriers to DG shipments so they can be handled properly, risk remains from shipper and manufacturer negligence. “Manufacturing standards especially, can represent a significant […]

CNS 2019: E-commerce places historic, unexpected pressures on U.S Customs

MIAMI – This year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency celebrates its 230th year since its founding in the earliest days of the Republic, in 1789. Thomas Overacker, executive director of cargo and conveyance security for CBP’s Office of Field Operations, said yesterday during the CNS Partnership Conference that this year may be […]

Automation, capacity, economic woes top EFT’s supply chain ‘Hot Trends’ report

With the continuing rise of e-commerce demand despite lackluster economic growth, supply chain professionals are most concerned about lack of capacity and rising costs in e-commerce, according to research firm EyeForTransport (EFT), which released its “Supply Chain Hot Trends 2019” report this week. Based on a global survey of 765 supply chain professionals, including retailers, […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo doubles service to India with new Mumbai route

After a four-year hiatus, Virgin Atlantic Cargo said it will resume daily service to the fast-growing cargo market of Mumbai from London Heathrow (LHR) in October of this year, following the temporary suspension of India’s Jet Airways operations. With a first flight scheduled for Oct. 27, the U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic said the 787-9 aircraft will […]

Development efforts pay off as Xi’an welcomes first fifth-freedom flights by Korean Air 

On May 12, Xi’an International Airport (XIY) welcomed its first fifth-freedom right air traffic route, operated by Korean Air via Seoul (ICN)-Xi’an (XIY)-Hanoi (HAN) using a 777 freighter. The route launch supports various facets of Chinese regional and national aims to develop aviation hubs in line with international network expansion to meet evolving demand in China.  

Return to Sender: Is Europe’s cross-border e-commerce boom about to fizzle?

The engines of an ASL Airlines Belgium 747 freighter are cooling down on the tarmac at Liege Airport (LGG), where the aircraft is resting after an 11-hour flight from Ürümqi Diwopu Airport (URC) in China’s far-western Xinjiang province. A crew of neon-vested ground handlers quickly whisk a mix of pallets and containers off the massive […]

The Silicon Solution? How robots are reinventing the cargo warehouse

At first sight, the machines are not much to look at – hardly like classic robots at all. They’re colorful and sleek, but they look more like expensive suitcases lying on their sides than the most cutting-edge examples of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the logistics field. But once these little rectangles start moving by the […]

Break Out: How cross-border e-commerce could evolve as Cainiao goes global

“Alibaba was founded in China, but it was created for the world.” This grandiose statement was made by Jack Ma, the Chinese business magnate at the helm of the world’s largest retailer and e-commerce company, Alibaba, in June 2015. He was speaking at the Economic Club of New York and had just defined a new […]

Lynden Air Cargo adding more cities to scheduled freighter network

Even as U.S.-based combination carriers began reporting lackluster March cargo traffic, demand for air cargo transport outside the contiguous United States remains buoyant. Yesterday, Lynden Air Cargo announced that beginning 30 April, the carrier will add twice-weekly scheduled service to St. Mary’s and Emmonak from its hub in Anchorage. For more details, please see Charles […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 25, 2019

Panalpina persists in perishables with purchase of CargoMaster, Laseair

Swiss forwarding giant Panalpina is seeking to increase its already large market share of the South American perishables logistics market by purchasing CargoMaster S.A. in Colombia, and its Ecuadorian subsidiary, Laseair S.A. The companies reached an agreement on Tuesday of this week, but chose not to disclose the financial details of the acquisition. CargoMaster, with […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 25, 2019

U.S. DOT contests Indian limits on FedEx ground handling, enacts reporting requirements on Air India

Last week, in reaction to India’s prohibition on U.S. carriers performing their own ground handling at Indian airports, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) issued two orders imposing reporting requirements on all Indian carriers operating their own aircraft at U.S. airports. The new orders could have immediate impacts on the handling operations of Air India and FedEx, and potentially other Indian and U.S. carriers in the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 25, 2019

Cargolux reports record high net profits in ’18, fleet to expand

In spite of what it called “slower economic growth in the second half of the year,” all-cargo carrier Cargolux reported US$211.2 million after-tax consolidated net profit in 2018, which was a new record for the Luxembourg-based carrier. The higher net profit represented a 73% increase from the previous year’s net income of $122.3 million, even […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 24, 2019

China Airlines looks to Taiwan hub, CEIV cert for growth

Taiwan-based China Airlines became the latest carrier to receive CEIV-Pharma certification from IATA earlier this week. With a massive freighter fleet of eighteen 747-400Fs, the carrier is looking to specialty cargo for future growth as it works to position its operations base at Taoyuan Airport (TPE) as a transshipment hub. Industrywide, pharma volumes have been […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 24, 2019

Turning point for slot scarcity at AMS with approval of new local rule

Today, Dutch Minister of Transport Cora van Niewenhuizen approved the implementation of a new local rule for airfreight at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), after the enforcement of a 500,000 annual movement cap at the airport led many cargo operators to abandon AMS for nearby competitors. The long-awaited rule change is meant to support AMS’ competitive stance in the European airfreight market against […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 24, 2019

Google spinoff’s drone delivery business first to get FAA approval [VIDEO]

An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal authority to begin dropping products to actual customers. The subsidiary, Wing Aviation LLC, now has the same certifications that smaller airlines receive from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • April 24, 2019

New Nanchang cargo terminal to boost China’s Belt and Road initiative

Last week, Nanchang Airport (KHN), located in China’s southeastern Jiangxi province, announced the construction of its new international cargo station, which will support the airport’s goal to increase its cargo throughput capacity to 200,000 tonnes by 2020. Construction of the cargo terminal will also contribute to China’s Belt and Road initiative and nationwide infrastructure development. 
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 24, 2019

WebCargo, Air France-KLM bring dynamic pricing to air cargo

In a bid to speed up the process of booking freight and broaden the use of dynamic pricing in the industry, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo has partnered with Freightos to use the WebCargo airfreight booking platform, which provides forwarders with live rates and capacity availability updates. After completing pilot projects with forwarder Panalpina last month, using […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 23, 2019

Best practices for CEIV Pharma recertification

Now that IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification program has been around for more than three years, an increasing number of airports and stakeholders are starting to embark upon the recertification process, which occurs every three years. Brussels Airport became the first airport to renew its commitment to CEIV Pharma last year, and most recently PACTL, a handler at Shanghai Pudong redid its audit. Although the re-certification is less involved than the initial certification process, companies have found the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 23, 2019

Thailand’s EEC to link up with Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone

In a move to strengthen ties air cargo between Thailand and China, the office of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) said it is scheduled to sign a “strategic cooperation” agreement later this month with the administrators of China’s Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone (ZAEZ). Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan, secretary-general of the EEC, told the Bangkok Post that […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 22, 2019

ACE Belgium Freighters secures AOC, to begin operating from LGG base

Cargo startup ACE Belgium Freighters received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) on April 18 and will begin cargo operations from its base at Liège Airport (LGG) to Tel Aviv (TLV) and soon, to New York City (JFK) and Atlanta (ATL).  Eshel Heffetz, ACE’s CEO, said the carrier is currently seeking approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for operations […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 22, 2019
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