April 2015

From the Editor


Express & Mail

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Changi cargo volumes steady in Jan

    Singapore Changi Airporthandled 151,800 air freight movementsfor the month of January, up slightly, byone percent.... Read More
  • Fraport expands electronic cargo service offering

    Fraport Cargo Services GmbH (FCS) expanded its range of electronic services at the beginning of the year, with customers and forwarding agents of FCS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraport AG, now able to use a modern track & trace system to check the consignment status of their dispatched import freight.... Read More
  • ACI viewing growth with cautious optimism

    Despite the continued uncertainty in the global economy and weakened business confidence that continues to jeopardise further growth in international trade, air freight volumes continue to maintain momentum after the 2014 rebound, said the Airports Council International (ACI).... Read More
  • Naha Japan’s fourth largest int’l cargo hub

    Okinawa’s Naha Airport is now the fourth largest international cargo hub in Japan – after Haneda, Kansai and Narita – with the volume of international cargo passing through it reaching nearly 185,000 tonnes in 2014.... Read More
  • Bahrain gains Cargolux as 15th cargo airline

    Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the managing body and operator of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), recently welcomed Cargolux Airlines, Europe’s largest all-cargo airlines, into the Kingdom of Bahrain.... Read More
  • Yangtze River Express quits Hahn for Munich

    Chinese cargo airline Yangtze River Express (YRE) is leaving Frankfurt-Hahn airport and transferring its German operations to Munich.... Read More
  • TAM Cargo inaugurates new terminal in Brazil

    TAM Cargo inaugurated its new R$38 million (US$11.6 million) terminal, intended exclusively for domestic cargo.... Read More
  • Hyderabad to hit 100,000 tonne mark

    India’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) anticipates achieving a key milestone early this year by crossing the 100,000 tonne mark at its cargo facility , which was designed with a capacity of 150,000 tonnes per annum.... Read More
  • Abu Dhabi sees 12.6% increase in Feb cargo

    Abu Dhabi Airports announced that cargo activity rose 12.6 per cent in February compared to the same month last year, comprising 64,067 tonnes handled at the airport’s three terminals.... Read More
  • DIAL to exit cargo service operations at Delhi

    Delhi International Airport (DIAL), asubsidiary of GMR Infrastructure (GMR),has signed a definitive agreement to sell its26 per cent stake in Delhi Cargo ServiceCentre to IDFC Alternatives.... Read More
  • Guangzhou Baiyun sees strong Feb cargo growth

    Guang zhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) reported a 28.2 per cent year-on-year growth in cargo volume in February handling up to 93,982 tonnes of cargo and mail in the month.... Read More
  • Yangtze River to begin maindeck to Brussels

    Brussels Airport has won over another carrier with China’s Yangtze River Express introducing three weekly stops in the Belgian capital with its B747-400F ‘round the world’ service, from 29 March on a Shanghai-Chicago-Brussels-Munich- China routing.... Read More
  • Green light for Hong Kong’s third runway

    Hong Kong’s government has approved a third runway for the city’s international airport. Expected to open by 2023, the HK$141.5 billion (US$18.2 billion) project will be funded from internal funds, borrowings and user fees, including a possible HK$180 (US$23.20) additional passenger fee until the end of construction.... Read More


  • 2014 another tough year for Damco

    AP Moller-Maersk’s freight forwarding arm Damco saw another tough year with losses deepening and revenues declining as the company continues to restructure and roll out new IT systems.... Read More
  • CEVA opens 48,000 sqm West Hub in Singapore

    CEVA Logistics has opened West Hub, CEVA’s largest facility in Singapore and the new headquarters for Southeast Asia.... Read More
  • German pharma STADA outsources to DHL SC

    Effective 1 June 2015, DHL Supply Chain will manage the logistics activities and sites of the pharmaceutical company STADA in Florstadt and Bad Vilbel, near Frankfurt/Main for a period of 10 years.... Read More
  • M+R Spedag establishes own offices in Vietnam

    Swiss transport and logistics company, M+R Spedag has shifted from commercial representation to fully operational offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Haiphon Port in Vietnam.... Read More
  • DB Schenker boss Thomas Lieb resigns

    The surprise departure of DB Schenker boss Thomas Lieb last week has become shrouded in intrigue following reports by both Reuters and German newspaper Handelsblatt that his resignation may be linked to an ongoing enquiry by the Cologne Public Prosecutors Office into allegations of bribery by employees of Schenker to individuals at the Port of St Petersburg, with the objective of easing the passage of freight through the port.... Read More
  • Panalpina enjoys a lucrative 2014

    Panalpina finished the year 2014 on expectations, more than doubling its EBIT to CHF 116.7 million (approx. US$12.9 million) in 2014 compared to the previous year.... Read More
  • Kintetsu World Express acquires APL Logistics

    Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines(NOL) group has sold its APL Logisticsdivision to Japanese logistics providerKintetsu World Express (KWE) in one ofthe largest logistics acquisitions in recenthistory.... Read More
  • SDV opens new DXB facility

    French SDV International Logistics has opened a new facility located in the free zone of Dubai International Airport (DXB).... Read More
  • DHL airfreight up 2.4% to 4m tonnes in 2014

    Deutsche Post DHL’s global forwarding arm overcame a weak 2014 first half to record a full year 2.4 per cent increase in airfreight volumes to just over four million tonnes, compared with a year earlier.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • SmartKargo pulls a coup, brings Vertannes onboard

    Barely eight months into his retirement, former global head of cargo for the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Des Vertannes has re-joined the air cargo industry, taking up a role as strategic advisor for IT firm, SmartKargo.... Read More
  • Azmar Air goes live on Kale’s GALAXY

    Kale Logistics has announced that Azmar Air – Iraq went live on its airport cargo management software, GALAXY.... Read More
  • CHEP’s CanTrack wins IATA Innovation Award

    CHEP Aerospace Solutions, a leading independent provider of outsourced unit load device (ULD) and galley cart services, has announces that CanTrack, its energyharvesting tracking solution for ULDs, has won the inaugural IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award at the World Cargo Symposium (WCS) held in Shanghai.... Read More
  • Jettainer to manage Equatorial Congo ULDs

    Jettainer has begun ULD management for Equatorial Congo Airlines (ECAir) from February 2015.... Read More
  • Jettainer slices 32kg off pallet using composites

    Jettainer, a leading international service partner for outsourced ULD management, is developing an innovative lightweight pallet that weighs just 70 kilogrammes.... Read More
  • e-Freight cooperation in Shanghai

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Shanghai Customs, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Shanghai Airport Authority, China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai E-port have all signed a Letter of Initiative (LOI) to jointly promote e-Freight in Shanghai.... Read More
  • Amsafe Bridport gains 900kg strap approval

    Designed, tested and now regulatorycertified, it is the first 2000lb (900kg) strap on the market with a Technical Standard Order (TSO) as awarded by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in addition to that of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).... Read More
  • CHAMP Cargosystems now US ACE-ready

    CHAMP Cargosystems has announced that its Traxon Global Customs (TGC) Service is ready to support the new requirements mandated by US Custom & Border Protection (CBP) with respect to electronic air manifest filing.... Read More
  • BFS & WIN partner to promote e-AWB in Thailand

    In an effort to increase transmission of electronic AWB data in Thailand, Bangkok Flight Services (BFS), the largest handler at the country’s main cargo airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and WIN, an e-platform for independent forwarders, have joined forces to overcome barriers.... Read More

Cover Story

  • The new Silk Road

    The Silk Road blazed by Chinese imperial envoy Zhang Qian 2,000 years ago carried caravans of Chinese silk, Indian spices and Persian brocade on a 6,400 km journey between the Middle Kingdom and Europe. As a conduit of cultural and political exchange it also played a formative role in the development of the civilizations as diverse as China, the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Europe and Arabia. This ancient trade route has risen again offering shippers a new option for moving cargo between Asia and Europe. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More


  • Korean continues impressive maindeck renewal

    For a carrier with so much going for it and what’s more, a cargo operator buying new freighters as the rest of the industry either tries, or possibly should be trying to offload maindeck capacity, Korean Air with its current fleet of 27 wide-body freighters, is very, very modest. Michael Mackey has the story.... Read More


  • What is CEIV Pharma?

    The pharmaceutical industry has relied heavily on the airline industry for its speed and efficiency in transporting highvalue, time- and temperature-sensitive cargo.... Read More
  • Brussels continues CEIV community push

    With the industry’s first Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV Pharma) certified community, Brussels Airport (BRU) is now embarking on the next phase of the programme, a move it believes will confirm its position as the preferred European Pharma Gateway. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More
  • Broekman Logistics to support Cryoport in Asia

    Broekman Logistics will support Cryoport’s Operations Centre in Singapore, responding to Cryoport’s rapidly expanding client base in Asia.... Read More
  • PACTL establishes new cool chain centre

    Shanghai Pudong Int’l Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL) is in the final stages of building a new perishable centre. The state-of-the-art facility will enable the company to provide the whole range of temperature conditions needed for handling perishables and pharmaceuticals at any time and is due to go into operation in July 2015 once it has gained IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Certification for Pharmaceutical Logistics.... Read More
  • Coolport building Asian cold-chain network

    Singapopre’s Coolport grew last year and expects to grow again this year thanks to growing global traffic of perishables and pharmaceuticals – although not to the point it plans any expansion. Well not yet anyway. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More

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