TIACA chairman says air cargo well positioned

Air cargo can emerge from the global economic crisis in a stronger position than other transport modes as manufacturers rethink their production and supply chain strategies, says the chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), UlrichOgiermann. Manufacturers and other businesses will be more reluctant than ever to tie up vast investment in stock, taking […]


Air cargo can emerge from the global economic crisis in a stronger position than other transport modes as manufacturers rethink their production and supply chain strategies, says the chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), UlrichOgiermann.

Manufacturers and other businesses will be more reluctant than ever to tie up vast investment in stock, taking them back to the principle of ‘just-in-time’ production, he said. “This”, he added “demands the speed, security and reliability of transportation that only air cargo can provide.”

Ogiermann, who is also president and CEO of Cargolux Airlines, rejected the theory that cost conscious companies in the manufacturing sector will turn to nearsourcing in which they buy materials and products closer to their final production points in Europe and North America, thereby eliminating the logistics costs of imports from Asia.

“Recent studies prove the reduction in logistics costs are outweighed by the increased cost of local production, where infrastructure and employment investment are greater. I do not expect this to have the negative impact on air cargo as others have predicted,” he said.

With early signs of improvement in cargo volumes, he said the air cargo industry’s first goal in 2010 must be to “stop the bleeding from the wounds incurred in 2009”. Companies, he added, will want to see several months of increasing business to truly believe the economic recovery is properly underway and it will be 2011 before the industry sees a sustainable improvement.