A clarion call to cut two days from transit time

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) commenced its 8th World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles with an industry-wide call for the average end-to-end transit time to be cut by up to 48 hours by the end of the decade.


A clarion call to cut two days from transit time


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) commenced its 8th World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles with an industry-wide call for the average end-to-end transit time to be cut by up to 48 hours by the end of the decade.

“In this FIFA World Cup year, we need to move the goal-posts for customer expectations.

Cutting average transit times by up to 48 hours by 2020 would make a huge difference to our value proposition and enable the industry to arrest modal shift and drive new efficiencies for the business,” said Des Vertannes, IATA’s global head of cargo in his opening keynote address to the more than 1,000 delegates in attendance.

This clarion call set the tone for a symposium focused on “Transformation through innovation” and acknowledges, for virtually the first time, the current average end-to-end time for consignments of around 6-7 days – a schedule that has not improved since the 1960s.

“Game-changing innovation is sorely needed in air cargo. Our industry has been mostly stagnant since 2008. We face significant challenges in the areas of efficiency, security and sustainability and the entire industry needs to commit to new innovative processes if we are to benefit from any economic upturn,” said Vertannes.