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Forwarders and Shippers Caught in the Updraught of an Air Cargo ‘Perfect Storm’

(Alex Lennane – The Loadstar)

Forwarders and shippers are “feeling the pain” of a serious lack of air freight capacity in the market as rates soar on some lanes as high as $8.00 per kg.

There is “nowhere to turn”, said one Asia-Europe air freight forwarder, who reported a seven-to-ten-day backlog out of Asia.

“Rates are going sky high – and going up every weekend. It’s about $4 per kg as an average, and airlines are getting choosy over the type of freight they are accepting,” he said.

“Lots of people are suffering – I have had three retailers, who are not customers, contact me this week with fresh enquiries, as their incumbent forwarder has not able to accommodate them.” Click here to read more.

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