Around the world, air freight gets a boost

Air freight growth numbers from last month show promising growth around the world.

Back in June, air freight volumes rose by 1.2 percent to 2011 levels, bolstered by the strength of the market in the Middle East. Now, numbers from July show that this growth is continuing and spreading to other parts of the world.

According to an article on Air Cargo World, Hong Kong International Airport saw its cargo volume grow by 341,000 metric tons, or 1.9 percent, in July. In addition, the airport saw 32,120 flight movements, which is 7.5 percent higher than those recorded last year.

This growth was driven by exports, which the news source found rose by 5 percent in comparison to the previous year's figures Stanley Hui Hon-chung, the CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong, told the news source that service expansions to inner Mongolia and several regions of Taiwan also played a role.

Overall, Hong Kong International Airport has seen a 3.5 percent cargo growth in the past 12 months.

Thousands of miles away, Damco, a supply chain management company based in the Netherlands, is also experiencing growth. Air Cargo World found that the company's airfreight volumes increased by 14 percent in the first half of 2013. CEO Rolf Habben-Jansen attributed this growth to strong investment.

"In weak markets, we continue to invest in building the future with special focus on expanding our geographical coverage and rolling out our new global freight management system," Habben-Jansen said. "This is needed to enable future growth and to optimize our cost to serve. We will start seeing the benefits from this later this year and expect to see solid year-on-year improvements in the results from Q4 2013 onwards." 

Further investments would make good use of proof of condition services like CargoSnapshot. As cargo volumes grow, carriers all over the world must adjust their practices to ensure quality services.

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