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Softbox, a global innovator and provider of temperature control packaging systems and thermal covers for the life science and logistics industries, has announced the appointment of Charlie Nicholson as Softbox’s new Global CFO.

Reporting directly to Kevin Valentine, CEO of Softbox, Charlie Nicholson joins the leadership team and is responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects of Softbox and its regional business units across the globe. His primary focus will be assessing the company’s operational and financial performance, and developing scalable systems, processes and controls to support the company’s global business operations and growth.

Charlie has previously held several senior finance roles in pharmaceutical and clinical trial organisations. He has over 20 years’ experience leading successful financial processes and is also a qualified chartered accountant. Charlie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field which will support the business’ ambitions to deliver profitable growth.

“I’m delighted about joining Softbox, a global leader in cold chain packaging technologies for the pharmaceutical industry with very exciting plans over the coming years,” said Charlie Nicholson about his new role as CFO. “I look forward to working with the leadership team and enabling further growth.”

Kevin Valentine, CEO at Softbox, commented: “Charlie is a very experienced finance leader with an exceptional track record and extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry. In his new role, Charlie will be a critical member of the Softbox executive leadership team and will be a true business partner to myself, our group and divisional management teams and our investors. I’m delighted to have him join the Softbox leadership team and look forward to the significant contribution Charlie will make to the ongoing strategic development of Softbox.”

 

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Thermo King Truck Hybrid Refrigeration Units hit the roads https://intrademagazine.com/thermo-king-truck-hybrid-refrigeration-units-hit-the-roads/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:03:59 +0000 https://intrademagazine.com/?p=31765 Greggs, UK’s leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer is one of the first in Europe to equip their truck fleet with the new Thermo King hybrid systems Thermo King, a leader in transport temperature control solutions and a brand of Trane Technologies, today announced that its new hybrid refrigeration systems for trucks and high-loaders are being delivered to customers across Europe. The new T- and UT-Series Hybrid refrigeration systems seamlessly switch between

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Greggs, UK’s leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer is one of the first in Europe to equip their truck fleet with the new Thermo King hybrid systems

Thermo King, a leader in transport temperature control solutions and a brand of Trane Technologies, today announced that its new hybrid refrigeration systems for trucks and high-loaders are being delivered to customers across Europe. The new T- and UT-Series Hybrid refrigeration systems seamlessly switch between diesel and electric mode allowing transporters to operate in inner cities, residential areas and low emission zones with the unit’s diesel engine turned off.

Greggs, UK’s leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer with over 2000 shops nationwide and serving over six million customers a week, is one of the first customers in Europe to experience the benefits of the new hybrid refrigeration systems. Three new trucks with Thermo King Hybrid systems will contribute to lowering the environmental impact and reducing operating costs of their truck transport operations in central London.

“Thermo King units have been our systems of choice for several years now. Their units have delivered good flexibility and work efficiency to our operations, and we could also always count on the Thermo King dealer service network to support us,” said Richard Penna, group logistics manager at Greggs. “We’re very conscious about the sustainability of our transport operations. It is paramount for us to operate in inner cities with as little noise and emissions as possible. It was a natural choice to work with Thermo King and equip our trucks with these new units that can easily switch from diesel operation to electric, reduce the sound level and eliminate emissions. On top of that we expect to benefit from the lower daily fuel consumption.”

“Thermo King Hybrid technology was designed to help transport and delivery companies future-proof their refrigerated operations and investments. With this solution they can stay ahead of regulations, control their total cost of ownership and achieve important sustainability goals,” said Colm O’Grady product manager at Thermo King. “Thermo King was the first to offer its European customers a trailer hybrid refrigeration. Now, our truck transport customers can also benefit from this cleaner and electrified transport refrigeration to make urban distribution more flexible and sustainable.”

The new hybrid single – and multi-temperature solution for trucks feature Frigoblock alternator and inverter-drive technology. The nose-mount T-Series Hybrid and under-mount UT-Series Hybrid refrigeration automatically switches between electric and diesel operation as required or necessary. This enables the transport companies to operate in inner cities, residential areas and low emission zones with the refrigeration unit’s diesel engine turned off.

The system is also very well accepted by drivers, mainly due to the simple and smooth transition from one drive technology to the other. The driver only needs to set the vehicle when leaving the depot and the system will switch electric and diesel modes seamlessly during the working day depending on the unit’s requirements.

 

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Dimerco expedites oversized cargo shipment https://intrademagazine.com/dimerco-expedites-oversized-cargo-shipment/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:58:23 +0000 https://intrademagazine.com/?p=31762 Dimerco expedites oversized cargo shipment with on flight transit and airside examination/release International freight forwarding and transportation specialist Dimerco has implemented a customized logistics solution to expedite the shipment of over-sized, temperature-sensitive cargo from Tokyo in Japan to Xiamen in China, via Taipei, on behalf of a leading imaging technology provider in the global electronics industry. “Our customer required the cargo to be protected from shock, tilt and temperature change,”

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Dimerco expedites oversized cargo shipment with on flight transit and airside examination/release

International freight forwarding and transportation specialist Dimerco has implemented a customized logistics solution to expedite the shipment of over-sized, temperature-sensitive cargo from Tokyo in Japan to Xiamen in China, via Taipei, on behalf of a leading imaging technology provider in the global electronics industry.

“Our customer required the cargo to be protected from shock, tilt and temperature change,” the spokesperson explained. “Working with our long-term strategic partner airlines as well as local customs, we were able to arrange on flight transit, rather than transfer, in Taipei and the application of cargo examination and release on the apron, alongside the aircraft, to avoid risk to the sensitive cargo and expedite the process by several days. As the cargo is temperature-sensitive, we also arranged for release in the morning, several hours ahead of the release of other cargo onboard.

In the current climate, there are particular challenges, including limited space and restricted flight schedules, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; also both truck and staff must pass stringent inspection before entering the airside apron. Therefore, Dimerco was delighted to have surmounted all barriers and achieve successful application for cargo examination and release alongside the aircraft.”

Dimerco managed all paperwork for the cargo, which included 40 cases weighing a total 25,500 kg, including the application, with the Dimerco team providing regular, real-time updates to the customer.

 

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Davies Turner’s Express China rail freight service now goes direct to UK https://intrademagazine.com/davies-turners-express-china-rail-freight-service-now-goes-direct-to-uk/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:55:03 +0000 https://intrademagazine.com/?p=31759 Bookings on its weekly fixed-day rail consol service from China to the UK continue to increase, so Davies Turner is adding UK destinations that will be served directly from China. Tony Cole, head of supply chain services at one of the UK’s leading independent freight and logistics company says: “Having reviewed the pattern of shipments we are carrying, we have decided to offer a direct service to our regional freight

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Bookings on its weekly fixed-day rail consol service from China to the UK continue to increase, so Davies Turner is adding UK destinations that will be served directly from China.

Tony Cole, head of supply chain services at one of the UK’s leading independent freight and logistics company says: “Having reviewed the pattern of shipments we are carrying, we have decided to offer a direct service to our regional freight hubs in Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester, in addition to the existing direct service to Dartford.

“Since the direct service recommenced in March, we have seen three to four 40ft High Cube containers arriving every week direct into our Dartford freight hub.

“However, following the review, we have identified many of the shipments are for distribution to other parts of the UK, so we are now working with our partners in China to refine the consolidation process at Hefei, and to ensure that shipments destined for the South West, Midlands or North West are consolidated in the same container.

“This additional fine tuning of the service will enable us to make a further reduction in the transit time.”

The weekly service leaves the Hefei rail hub and heads to Neuss in Germany, from where containers are then trucked under bond to the port of Rotterdam and transported by ferry to Purfleet in East London.

In future, on-carriage will be undertaken from Purfleet by truck direct to one of Davies Turner’s distribution centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Dartford or Manchester, where the contents will be discharged, customs cleared and delivered.

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HGV testing exemptions will help the economy https://intrademagazine.com/hgv-testing-exemptions-will-help-the-economy/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:48:30 +0000 https://intrademagazine.com/?p=31756 Following campaigning from Logistics UK (formerly FTA), the government has confirmed that the safest vehicles will be exempt from HGV tests for up to 12 months, as James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation at Logistics UK explains: “The government’s decision to listen to the advice of Logistics UK and grant HGV testing exemptions to the lowest risk vehicles – those categorised as ‘upper green’, with Earned Recognition (ER), or

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Following campaigning from Logistics UK (formerly FTA), the government has confirmed that the safest vehicles will be exempt from HGV tests for up to 12 months, as James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation at Logistics UK explains:

“The government’s decision to listen to the advice of Logistics UK and grant HGV testing exemptions to the lowest risk vehicles – those categorised as ‘upper green’, with Earned Recognition (ER), or vehicles under two years old – will ensure that the safest logistics vehicles can remain on our  roads  delivering the essential goods and services the nation needs, without delay. Adopting this approach is the safest and most efficient way for DVSA to manage the significant backlog of HGV tests that have built up during the pandemic; new vehicles or those with ER or ‘upper green’ status have already proven they operate to the highest standards of safety and roadworthiness. Without this approach, operators would be left waiting months for a test slot, and with their vehicles idle, would not be able to deliver the logistics services businesses and consumers require.

“We are, however, urging DVSA to provide insight into its decision to only provide ‘upper green’ vehicles with exemption; a move likely to cause confusion among our members who have worked hard to meet the rigorous ‘green’ standard and are by that definition, proven to be safe, efficient and reliable.”

Logistics UK (formerly FTA) is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods. For more information about the organisation and its work, including its ground-breaking research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the whole supply chain, please visit logistics.org.uk

 

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Vietnam – dynamic trading partner for the Port of Hamburg https://intrademagazine.com/vietnam-dynamic-trading-partner-for-the-port-of-hamburg/ Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:21:32 +0000 https://intrademagazine.com/?p=31753 The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement has entered into force on August 1 2020. Trade between the Port of Hamburg and Vietnam, which has already increased in recent years, should continue to benefit from this agreement. Although the corona-related developments will also affect trade between Germany and Vietnam in the current year 2020, for the Port of Hamburg there has been very positive growth in the Vietnam shipping region in the

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The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement has entered into force on August 1 2020. Trade between the Port of Hamburg and Vietnam, which has already increased in recent years, should continue to benefit from this agreement.

Although the corona-related developments will also affect trade between Germany and Vietnam in the current year 2020, for the Port of Hamburg there has been very positive growth in the Vietnam shipping region in the recent past. In 2019, a new record quantity of 106,000 standard containers (TEU) was moved between Hamburg and Vietnam. This increase of 15 percent compared to the previous year is also due to direct connections which are now offered by the carriers for this route.

The free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam, which was ratified by the European Parliament and the Vietnamese National Assembly in the first half of 2020, promises to create new market incentives that result in increased transport volumes between those markets. Customs barriers are to be dismantled for this. This applies in particular to deliveries of goods from Europe, for which 99 percent of all customs duties are to be reduced within ten years. The EU, in turn, will reduce tariffs to 84 percent of Vietnamese products to 0 percent when the free trade agreement comes into force. After seven years, this is to be the case for 99 percent of the tariffs.

Vietnam is part of a large number of free trade agreements and, among other things, is trying to position itself as an attractive production location in Southeast Asia. This applies in particular to companies that are relocating their production within Asia due to increased costs. Vietnam plans to invest USD 3.8 billion in the country’s port infrastructure in order to manage the resulting flow of goods.

Five scheduled services connect the Port of Hamburg with Vietnam, with ports in both the north and south of the country being approached. In addition to two container services, three multi-purpose services are operated. The latter are particularly suitable for project cargo and conventional general cargo. The multi-purpose ships used for these services carry between 15,000 and 30,000 tonnes and are equipped with on-board cranes that can lift up to 700 tonnes in combined mode and even more in individual cases. The container services concentrate their services, which are operated by ships with a storage capacity of 14,000 TEU, on the container terminals in the vicinity of the economic centre of Ho Chi Minh City. Further reloading points can be reached by transhipment. The multipurpose services timetables include both conventional ports around Ho Chi Minh City and Haiphong near the capital Hanoi. Other ports are called upon request. The transit times between Hamburg and Vietnam are between 28 and 35 days depending on the port, direction of traffic and rotation.

The import of goods from Vietnam to Hamburg mainly consists of machinery and equipment, including electronic products and household appliances followed by chemical products, metals and wood products. The main goods leaving the port of Hamburg for Vietnam are chemical products, paper and cardboard as well as food and beverages.

 

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Qube Learning: Train the nation https://intrademagazine.com/qube-learning-train-the-nation/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 14:41:33 +0000 https://intrademagazine.com/?p=31750 Joe Crossley, CEO at Qube Learning offers insight on how the logistics industry can access and retain talent post-lockdown The logistics industry – warehousing and transport – has always been a central pillar of the British economy but perhaps this year we’ve seen it more than ever as the teams behind our warehouses and delivery routes have kept the nation moving. A recent employer survey conducted by Qube Learning as the lockdown eased showed

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Joe Crossley, CEO at Qube Learning offers insight on how the logistics industry can access and retain talent post-lockdown

The logistics industry – warehousing and transport – has always been a central pillar of the British economy but perhaps this year we’ve seen it more than ever as the teams behind our warehouses and delivery routes have kept the nation moving.

A recent employer survey conducted by Qube Learning as the lockdown eased showed that 46% of businesses reported that they are looking to recruit new talent into the business following COVID-19. In addition, 54% reported they are also looking to develop existing employees via apprenticeships following the pandemic.

Warehouse workers and heavy goods vehicle drivers are in increasingly high demand due to e-commerce uplift, sustained growth of home delivery services, grocery supply chains placed under pressure, and supermarkets continuing to increase their delivery services for vulnerable. In short, the industry needs a bigger workforce and longer-term structural change; so how can the sector capitalize on this movement, and recruit the right talent?

At Qube Learning, we recognise the vast array of solutions there are available to logistics suppliers juggling recruitment and training challenges – and at a critical time, we can help find a cost-effective or low-cost programme to help.

Understanding where government funding can support employers with training and recruitment is going to be key to businesses recovery plans – and with the aid of public funding, the Apprenticeship Levy and the free recruitment services Qube have available, we can ensure it plays a key part in your future success.

Specialist modules: finding your vocation

With a specialised skillset, employers can redesign their workforce for a more efficient and productive post-Covid future. An individualised approach can prove to be very helpful in recruitment across such a broad sector, especially in attracting workers who feel they have specific areas of skill they would like to develop for employers.

Qube offers traineeships, apprenticeships and courses in areas including Supply Chain, Driving & Transport, Facilities Services and Management, and Transport & Warehouse Operations. Additional modules cover areas such as driver wellbeing, legislation and communication in the supply chain, and vehicle safety and security, bringing a focused level of professional expertise to the business, and a higher level of personal investment in individual employees.

“Through the apprenticeship set up by Qube, I am a safer and a more competent warehouse worker, making a positive contribution to my employer,” says Warehouse Assistant, John Fortescue. “This apprenticeship has helped me develop a greater passion for health and safety [and] I’ve also really developed my existing warehouse knowledge and can apply it in everything I do.”

Qube Work-Fit aims to unlock the potential of jobseekers via online learning so that employers can be confident that their newest team members can ‘hit the ground running’. Qube is able to deliver numerous qualifications to individual jobseekers – such as the Warehouse and Storage BTEC – by providing them with the resources and training opportunities they need to be prepared to start or return to work. Qube also supports entrance to Sector-Based Work Academies (SBWA) which includes pre-employment training relevant to the logistics sector, and a full work experience placement.

Treasury funds

Upskilling and recruiting within the workforce is critical as we push back against the possibility of another recession. Proven to support both retention and work productivity, recruitment and training will only have a positive impact on securing business into the future and will prepare companies to weather future crises successfully.

On 8 July, the Treasury announced that from August 2020 to January 2021, employers will receive £1000 for each new trainee they take on in this time.

Alongside this incentive, any firm that hires a new young apprentice aged 16-24 will receive an additional £2,000 (overall incentive totalling £3,000) whilst those that hire new apprentices aged 19-24 will receive an additional £1,000 (£2,000 total). Those hiring trainees age 25+ will be paid £1,500 in total.

“We know apprenticeships work,” Rishi Sunak reminded us as he made the announcement, “91% stay in work or go on to further training. For the next six months we are going to pay employers to create new apprenticeships.”

Apprenticeship Levy Transfers

Successful access to the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer scheme is also going to be a key factor in recruitment within the logistics industry as we move forward in 2020 and beyond. Whilst most businesses will be familiar with the Apprenticeship Levy, the transfer can also be accessed by those not paying the levy themselves.

In brief, the levy is a UK tax on employers which can be used to fund apprenticeship training. A 10% government contribution is added to each monthly payment, so employers get more out than they put in. However, levy paying employers can also transfer up to 25% of their apprentice levy funds to other employers.

The transfer option was added to make the apprenticeship system more flexible, meeting the needs of employers (those with supply chains involving logistics, warehousing or retail for example) whilst also helping smaller businesses to invest in more training opportunities. As part of the transfer scheme, small businesses in a large company’s supply chain could see their apprenticeships funded in this way.

One of the many advantages of working with Qube Learning is that we can put smaller businesses and individuals ‘in touch’ with brands who have excess levy to transfer. Despite all the complications of the system, we are confident that the ‘Qube connection’ can benefit both levy payers and smaller businesses, allowing both sides to get maximum benefit from this useful government scheme.

With many jobseekers (including both low and highly skilled workers) not being able to access their usual routes of training and support throughout the pandemic, now is the time to attract talent and focus on the future of logistics.

For more information, visit www.quibe-learning.co.uk

 

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BIFA welcomes latest round of customs declaration funding https://intrademagazine.com/bifa-welcomes-latest-round-of-customs-declaration-funding/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:08:21 +0000 https://intrademagazine.com/?p=31747 Customs intermediaries based in the UK can apply for £50m of new funding to help expand declaration capacity ahead of the ending of the Brexit transition period. At the end of the year, the UK’s transition period for leaving the European Union will come to end, meaning customs formalities and controls will apply to goods being transported to and from the European Union. This will result in the need for

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Customs intermediaries based in the UK can apply for £50m of new funding to help expand declaration capacity ahead of the ending of the Brexit transition period.

At the end of the year, the UK’s transition period for leaving the European Union will come to end, meaning customs formalities and controls will apply to goods being transported to and from the European Union.

This will result in the need for increased customs declaration capacity.

The move to add extra funding was welcomed by UK forwarder association BIFA.

Director general Robert Keen said: “Whilst we welcome the additional funding, as we did when the first two rounds of funding were announced, we can only keep our fingers crossed that it produces the thousands of additional customs experts that the government agrees will be needed come January 1 2021.

“Along with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which is running the scheme, we will be encouraging our members to take advantage of the funding, which could be used to support a business that is extending and taking on new staff, or to help train an existing employee to become competent in completing customs declarations.”

BIFA pointed out that even furloughed workers can be trained.

“Government guidance allows furloughed employees to engage in training, provided that whilst undertaking the training the employee does not provide service to, or generate revenue for, or on behalf of their organisation,” Keen added.

 

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DHL adds new life sciences facility in the US https://intrademagazine.com/dhl-adds-new-life-sciences-facility-in-the-us/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:04:17 +0000 https://intrademagazine.com/?p=31743 DHL Global Forwarding has opened a new $1.6m facility in Indianapolis in the US as it continues to target the life sciences market. The building offers bonded services and three temperature controlled chambers: 15-25 degrees Celsius storage and handling, 2-8 degrees Celsius storage and handling and -20 degrees Celsius storage and handling. Together the temperature controlled areas measure close to 20,000 sq ft and will be able to process pharmaceutical,

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DHL Global Forwarding has opened a new $1.6m facility in Indianapolis in the US as it continues to target the life sciences market.

The building offers bonded services and three temperature controlled chambers: 15-25 degrees Celsius storage and handling, 2-8 degrees Celsius storage and handling and -20 degrees Celsius storage and handling.

Together the temperature controlled areas measure close to 20,000 sq ft and will be able to process pharmaceutical, biotech or medical devices that require a temperature-controlled environment.

It will be added to the list of established certified life sciences stations to support DHL’s thermonet solution for temperature controlled airfreight transportation, the forwarder said.

“This new DHL Global Forwarding building is a testament to our mission — connecting people, improving lives — and expands our global network for the life sciences and healthcare sector. This is especially important now during these challenging times, when temperature controlled logistics is crucial in helping customers navigate the pandemic,” said David Goldberg, chief executive of DHL Global Forwarding, US.

“It is also a culmination of a meticulously planned facility that will further solidify our market leadership position in the logistics industry, and will offer all the necessary features and services to help our customers grow – especially in the life sciences and healthcare field.”

In addition to the new facility, DHL Global Forwarding is planning a new life sciences and healthcare service for its freighter operation between its Europe, Middle East and Africa region and Indianapolis.

The end-to-end temperature controlled service starts from the time a shipment is accepted at the customer’s warehouse to the destination hub with inland-haulage to the Indianapolis facility for storage and final distribution.

“The new freighter will be implemented due to customer demand and need, and will provide a new scalable solution to ensure perishable shipments are handled with the highest quality standards and delivered with fast transit times,” DHL said.

 

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Small improvement in June says IATA https://intrademagazine.com/small-improvement-in-june-says-iata/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:01:19 +0000 https://intrademagazine.com/?p=31740 Global airfreight markets enjoyed a slight uptick in June – but at a slower pace than some of the traditional indicators have been suggesting, reveals the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs), fell by 17.6 per cent in June – minus 19.9 per cent for international operations – in comparison with the previous year. “That is a modest improvement from the 20.1 per cent

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Global airfreight markets enjoyed a slight uptick in June – but at a slower pace than some of the traditional indicators have been suggesting, reveals the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs), fell by 17.6 per cent in June – minus 19.9 per cent for international operations – in comparison with the previous year. “That is a modest improvement from the 20.1 per cent year-on-year drop recorded in May,” notes IATA.

Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometres (ACTKs), shrank by 34.1 per cent in June – 33.9 per cent for international operations. This was on par with the 34.8 per cent year-on-year drop in May, says the association.

Belly-hold capacity for international air cargo shrivelled by 70 per cent in the month due to the mass withdrawal of passenger services amidst the COVID-19 health pandemic. This was partially offset by a 32 per cent increase in capacity through expanded use of freighters, writes Thelma Etim.

The new export orders component of the global Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) – a survey measuring general business confidence – rose by 11 points in comparison with May, the strongest monthly increase since the series began in 1999.

“The PMI tracking global manufacturing output rebounded in June to its highest level since January,” says IATA.

Regionally, all airfreight markets declined in June.

Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for international air cargo fall by 20 per cent. This was a slight deterioration over the 18.8 per cent drop in May. Despite manufacturing starting to pick up in the region, demand was impacted by the reduction in shipments of personal protective equipment (PPE) by air. International capacity decreased by 32.3 per cent.

North American carriers reported a single-digit fall in international cargo demand of 8.8 per cent year-on-year in June. “This was the smallest contraction of all regions. The resilient performance is due to the large freighter fleets of a few of the region’s airlines as well as the fiscal support to airlines in the USA from the CARES Act,” the association points out. International capacity decreased 30.7 per cent.

European carriers reported a 27.6 per cent annual drop in international cargo volumes in the month. This was a slight improvement from May’s performance of minus 29.5 per cent – but still the second weakest performance of all regions, says IATA. International capacity decreased by 40.7 per cent.

Middle East-based carriers reported a fall of 19.1 per cent year-on-year in June, an improvement from the 24.9 per cent fall in May. “International capacity decreased 25.8 per cent, the best of all regions. This was driven by the aggressive operational strategies of some of the region’s carriers,” the association suggests.

Latin American carriers posted a 29.4 per cent drop in year-on-year international demand – the weakest performance of all regions. International capacity decreased by 43.6 per cent indicating a sizeable capacity crunch. “The COVID-19 crisis is particularly challenging at present for airlines based in Latin America owing to strict lockdown measures,” underscores IATA.

African airlines posted a contraction of 13.8 per cent – a weaker performance than the 7.3 per cent fall in demand in May. The small Africa-Asia market continued to grow in June, rising by 20.1 per cent. However, the region suffered from the effects of the pandemic becoming more severe in the month. International capacity in this region decreased by 46.2 per cent.

Alexandre de Juniac, director general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association, observes: “Cargo is, by far, healthier than the passenger markets but doing business remains exceptionally challenging.

“While economic activity is re-starting after major lockdown disruptions there has not been a major boost in demand. The rush to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to market has subsided as supply chains regularised, enabling shippers to use cheaper sea and rail options,” he adds.

“The capacity crunch continues because passenger operations are recovering very slowly,” de Juniac concludes.

 

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