Despite difficult times for the air cargo industry and a possible economic slowdown in China, some airports are seeing increases in freight traffic compared to a half a year ago.
According to an article in Air Cargo World, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol saw a total of 736,608 tonnes of cargo pass through during the first half of 2013—equal to a 1.02 percent increase over 2012.
This is good news for carriers, who have been doing what they can to adjust to rising costs. Schiphol cargo senior vice president Enno Osinga told the news source that carriers have cut back on the number of flights while increasing the amount of cargo on board each one.
The best markets for the airport were Asia and North America, despite economic troubles in both regions. The total amount of cargo coming from and going to Asia totaled 281,410 tonnes, which was 3 percent higher than last year and made up 38.2 percent of the airport's total. In addition, Middle Eastern imports were another positive sign, growing by 16 percent.
"2013 is showing a similar pattern to 2012 so far, with an early peak around March," Osinga added.
If growth remains slow, carriers will have to take additional measures to streamline their supply chains and boost efficiency. They may wish to consider adopting proof of condition services like CargoSnapshot.
This service allows users to take pictures of each individual piece of cargo loaded onto flights. By tracking them before, during and after a journey, carriers can keep track of any damage or theft and seek to pinpoint its cause.