June 2014

From the Editor

  • Celebrating excellence!

    In this month’s edition of Editor’s Note I would like to take the time to remind everyone of the upcoming third annual Payload Asia Awards & Conference 2014 to be held once again in Singapore on 29 October.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • DWC begins full SkyCargo freighter ops

    After months of construction, planning and testing, Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter fleet officially started operating from its new cargo terminal at Dubai World Central’s (DWC) Al Maktoum International Airport from 1 May.... Read More
  • Schiphol cargo up 7.3%

    Cargo tonnage through Amsterdam Airport Schiphol showed consistent growth throughout the first quarter of 2014, ending with a total of 392,990 tonnes, representing an increase of 7.3 per cent on the same period of 2013.... Read More
  • Stansted cheers 5x weekly Qatar freighter

    London Stansted welcomed the arrival of Qatar Airways Cargo on 2 May, marking the launch of the airport’s first scheduled cargo link to the Middle East and the carrier’s first scheduled freighter service into the UK.... Read More
  • Hamad Int’l Airport officially opens

    After a series of delays, Qatar’s Hamad International Airport saw the first official landing of a flight with a Qatar Airways A320 marking the official opening of passenger operations on 30 April.... Read More
  • Emirates to boost Brussels belly 10%

    With the launch of direct daily flights from Dubai to Brussels Airport by Emirates Airlines from 5 September, the airport’s belly cargo segment will grow by 10 per cent according to Brussels Airport Company head of cargo, Steven Polmans.... Read More
  • Finnair celebrates its Brussels anniversary

    Finnair Cargo celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of its Brussels hub in March, with the carrier moving over 15,000 tonnes via Brussels since March 2013.... Read More
  • New ANA maindeck service to Changi

    Singapore’s Changi Airport Group (CAG) has gained a new maindeck service with the arrival of ANA Cargo’s inaugural flight from Okinawa, Japan. From 14 May the Japanese freight carrier will operate six weekly Okinawa-Singapore-Tokyo Narita services, utilising B767-300F aircraft.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Unisys launches cargo revenue solution

    Unisys Corporation has announced a next-generation Cargo Revenue Accounting (CRA) solution designed for real-time integration with the core Unisys Logistics Management System (LMS), or with thirdparty cargo systems.... Read More
  • Dachser adopts CargoSphere system

    CargoSphere, a leading, cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh Network for the air and ocean transportation and logistics industries, has announced the completion of Dachser’s global implementation of CargoSphere’s contract and rate management solutions.... Read More


  • Menlo opens eighth Singapore facility

    Menlo Logistics (Menlo) has formally dedicated its new state-ofthe- art warehousing and distribution management centre in Singapore.... Read More
  • DHL forms new China- Europe rail partnership

    DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, is to form a new strategic partnership to develop rail forwarding services on the China-Europe route with United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC). UTLC, which is expected to be established later in 2014, is a joint-venture partnership between OJSC Russian Railways, JSC National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy and State enterprise Belarusian Railway.... Read More
  • Stifel Logistics Confidence Index – April 2014

    The latest monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index, compiled by Transport Intelligence (Ti) has changed little from 57.0 in March to 56.9 this month although the overall index improved by 1.6 points to 51.8. This slight optimism was however, offset by expectations for the next six months which fell 1.8 points to 62.0.... Read More
  • Norbert Dentressangle buys warehouse assets

    Norbert Dentressangle has announcedthat it has signed an offer to purchasethe logistics assets of MGF, a subsidiaryof the G7 Group, consisting of ninewarehouses in France. With a combinedtotal storage area of 174,000 sqm, thewarehouses are located mainly betweenthe Paris area in northern France andthe urban areas of Lyon, Toulouse andMarseille.... Read More
  • Panalpina improves profitability in Q1

    International freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina continued to gain market share in air and ocean freight in the first quarter of 2014.... Read More
  • Agility sees 11% rise in Q1 profit

    Agility has announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014, reporting a net profit of KD 11.24 million (US$40 million), an increase of 11 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2013.... Read More
  • Logwin reports Q1 revenue decline

    Logwin Group has announced its financial results for Q1 2014, reporting revenue of €278.5 million, a decrease of 13.2 per cent from the first quarter of 2013.... Read More
  • ASUS picks Dentressangle for air forwarding

    Norbert Dentressangle’s fast-growing freight forwarding division has secured a major contract renewal with ASUS, a leading vendor of tablet and notebook computers and the world’s No. 1 manufacturer of computer motherboards.... Read More
  • Contract Logistics boosts Ceva’s Q1 results

    Forwarding and logistics group, Ceva Logistics, which last month completed a US$1.75 billion refinancing programme, reported a 7.5 per cent improvement in its adjusted Ebitda to $43 million, driven by what it said was a strong performance within its Contract Logistics business.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Kerry Logistics ups China focus, looks overseas

    As the global air freight markets continue to recover, Kerry Logistics – armed with a US$200 million war chest – is eyeing aquisitions in the Americas, Europe and Asia, but its core strategy remains the same: To be the logistics provider of choice for companies entering the China market. Wong Joon San writes.... Read More


  • World Customs Org (WCO) recognition for ACAAI

    The Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI) has been awarded the ‘WCO Certificate of Merit’ by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) on the occasion of International Customs Day 2014 earlier this year.... Read More
  • ACAAI clarifies report on CASS court case

    The Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI) has issued a clarification regarding a Payload Asia Online report, ‘CAT rejects plea against IATA Air Cargo Rules’, saying it portrays an inaccurate view of the appeal filed by ACAAI before the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) seeking to restrain implementation of Cargo Accounts Settlement System (CASS) by International Air Transport Association (IATA) in India.... Read More
  • China’s biggest forwarding body joins FAPAA

    In a clear demonstration that patience and persistence pays off, the Federation of Asia Pacific Air Cargo Associations (FAPAA) has after five years of courting, signed up the China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA) for membership in the regional freight forwarders association.... Read More



  • Leipzig/Halle flourishes with mix of niche clients

    It may be lacking in cargo generating manufacturing outside its doorstep and certainly the lack of passenger connectivity and related belly cargo limits its appeal for some carriers, but all this is more than made up for by its keen logistics focus, ability to easily expand and most of all, 24/7 unrestricted access. Donald Urquhart has the story.... Read More

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