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Air Cargo Faces Tight Capacity

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Piqued by the Peak: Air Cargo Faces Tight Capacity 2017-12-15

We’re in the midst of air cargo’s peak shipping season, and it’s left many logistics service providers “peaked,” not to mention piqued by the resulting mad rush, delays and volatility.

E-commerce volumes and a healthy global air transport industry are contributing to a phenomenon where it seems there are two distinct “seasons” and two “processes” to handle them.
“These are good times for the global air transport industry. The demand for air cargo is at its strongest level in over a decade,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, in a recent speech. Certainly asset-based carriers are benefiting from the upswing. Benefits to forwarders who are trying to provide service to customers in such a volatile market, however, are much less obvious.
Forget about forecasting: In many ways, this has gone out the window, as nobody knows what, when or how buyers are buying. For the first time ever, neither airlines nor forwarders had an understanding of what to expect this peak season – because importers and exporters are unable to advise their requirements more than a few hours/days in advance.
Read more in CIFFA’s blog post.

Source: CIFFA


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