The Asia peak season is expected to be the biggest for years, which will inevitably lead to congestion, delays and rate increases at the ports and airports. You need to act now to protect your supply chain performance.
Air freight is continuing its strong performance in 2017, with worldwide volume growth of more than 10% helping to complete the strongest quarter since 2010,
On past experience we would expect the summer period to be quieter, but this year has been an exception, with yields ex China rising even more strongly than those from other countries in the region, which is strongly suggestive of an extremely busy and prolonged peak period.
Traffic from Asia to North America air freight market is the strongest we have had for seven years and we are already experiencing a tightening in belly-hold capacity, despite the airlines adding capacity for the summer season.
This capacity is due to be phased out shortly, which will tighten supply and demand on these routes and may see US consigned cargo flying via Europe, placing even more demand on available capacity.
Our advice to all shippers is to book now, so that we can take precautionary actions to avoid capacity shortages, longer transit times, delays and additional costs.
If you are uncertain we can work with you to review your production schedules and guide you through the safest and most cost-effective options to safeguard your supply chain.
As we approach China’s golden week and the peak season it is extremely likely that airlines will want to increase rates to secure capacity, which is why we recommend making bookings your bookings as soon as possible.