ICCS reports strong airfreight growth in 2007

With 18 cargo airlines in its fold, International Cargo Centre Shenzhen (ICCS) hopes to build on a healthy 2007 growth in throughput by tapping transhipment cargo and by forging strategic alliances. Wong Joon San has the story.

Situated at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in southern China, International Cargo Centre Shenzhen (ICCS) has reported a 26 per cent increase in its cargo ground handling services in 2007 versus the same period a year ago.

According to Sunney Sun Daugang, ICCS’ sales and marketing manager, the company handled a total of 113,570 tonnes of cargo in 2007, an impressive growth despite the fierce competition in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region’s air cargo market.

“Since August 2006, Jade Cargo Airlines started to operate (from Bao’an airport) to become one of our biggest customers, and Etihad Airways also started in the second half of 2006, including Donghai Airlines and AirAsia in 2007. Those new customers were the main reasons for the growth in terms of tonnage last year,”he said.

ICCS, officially registered as Shenzhen Airport International Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd (SACTL) is a joint venture between Shenzhen Airport Co., Ltd. (SACL) and Lufthansa Cargo AG (LCAG) with both companies sharing 50 per cent of the total equity.

Sun says although ICCS’ designed capacity was 150,000 tonnes, it could handle up to about 200,000 tonnes of cargo annually.

Asked about ICCS’ expansion plan, Sun says the company’s new terminal was under construction and would open in either May or June 2008. ICCS’ total capacity would then be increased to 400,000 tonnes, he added.