Cargo airlines losing out to ocean container carriers

Shenzhen, South China: Airlines have permanently lost out to ocean container lines as box carriers grab an increasing share of the freight that was previously moved by air, according to logistics and cargo executives, reports the South China Morning Post.

Alfred Hofmann, senior vice-president for sea freight in the Asia-Pacific at logistics giant Kuehne+Nagel, said the pharmaceutical industry and manufacturers of temperature-controlled products were at the “forefront of change” from airfreight to sea freight.

“It’s a trend that can’t stop,” he said. Hofmann said that sea transport was considerably cheaper. However, he said there needed to be better planning between manufacturers, logistics operators and shipping lines to achieve more reliable transit times and a reduction in overall lead time in shipping product.

Charles Wellins, a senior vice-president of supply chain solutions at Ceva Logistics, agreed that there was a growing shift to ocean freight by cargo owners who had a historic reliance on airfreight.

Nick Rhodes, director of Cathay Pacific Cargo, said he thought Hofmann and Wellins were correct. “I suspect they are right and that much of the shift to sea is permanent. Only time will tell. Our loads are definitely down but it is hard to say how much is due to less production, more competition or modal shift. A bit of each, I suspect.”

WORLD NEWS

K Group tests Thermo King E-200 for Finnish grocery delivery

Helsinki, Finland: K Group has tested Thermo King’s electric E-200 fridge on an electric-powered MAN eTGE van on food delivery in Finland.  K Group is …

READ THE FULL STORY >

Krone Cool Liner celebrates 25 years

Werlte, Germany: Krone launched its first refrigerated trailer in 1996 and to mark the 25th anniversary a special Edition of the trailer is being launched. …

READ THE FULL STORY >

Bolloré Logistics to open new pharma unit

Roissy, France: Bolloré Logistics is to handle healthcare products at its Roissy hub with an 800m2 extension of a pharmaceutical unit. This will give Bolloré …

READ THE FULL STORY >

New coldstore for Brussels Airport

Brussels, Belgium: Brussels Airport has opened refrigerated storage for Kuehne+Nagel, Worldwide Flight Services and Expeditors. Kuehne+Nagel is expanding its activities at Brussels Airport for handling …

READ THE FULL STORY >

WHAT’S ON

Latest Tweets

Hultsteins appoints Longhurst Refrigeration as its UK aftersales service partner: bit.ly/3x65xK8 pic.twitter.com/pm8lz8b0iD

© 2021 Global Cold Chain News | Terms of use | Privacy Policy
Commercial Transport Publishing Limited, registered in England and Wales, Company No: 6453302. Registered Office: 6 Corunna Court, Corunna Road, Warwick CV34 5HQ