SkyCargo’ all-in rates welcomed by forwarders

Freight forwarders are generally pleased with SkyCargo’s move to return to all-in pricing.

BIFA Emirates pricing Robert Keen SkyCargo

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed SkyCargo’s move to return to an all-in pricing on air freight shipments to and from Europe from 1st of February and on the airline’s global network from 1st of March.

The cargo arm of Dubai-based Emirates said the single “all-in” charge would be based on weight plus the current fuel and security fees. This would eliminate the present setup of a base rate plus surcharges for fuel and security. The new policy would also eliminate surcharges for other criteria, such as volume.

Freight forwarders – who have been calling for a return to an all-in rate almost for years, partly because surcharges were excluded from their commissions – are generally pleased with SkyCargo’s move.

Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), said the Emirates SkyCargo decision is “a step in the right direction, provided it leads to the transparency that freight forwarders require.” He applauded SkyCargo for providing “simpler and more transparent cost structures.” He added that SkyCargo’s decisions could be a response to “previous comments that freight forwarders stop accepting at face value opaque and unjustified surcharges.”