China+++

While rummaging around in my virtual repository of information and ideas for something to focus on in this space, one thing occurred to me. I see, hear and consequently, write a lot less about China than I did a few years ago. I remember back in 2007 when I first took over as editor of this magazine it was all about China. Since then it has moved from the fabled golden land of air cargo to an important but less ‘shiny’ market as it was once was viewed. Other markets have now taken on increasing importance in what has become a sort of China+++ for the air cargo sector.


China


While rummaging around in my virtual repository of information and ideas for something to focus on in this space, one thing occurred to me. I see, hear and consequently, write a lot less about China than I did a few years ago. I remember back in 2007 when I first took over as editor of this magazine it was all about China. Since then it has moved from the fabled golden land of air cargo to an important but less ‘shiny’ market as it was once was viewed. Other markets have now taken on increasing importance in what has become a sort of China+++ for the air cargo sector.

While undoubtedly it has boosted the fortunes of many, it has also stung the bottom line of others not to mention claiming a number of casualties. It will surely continue to be one of the leading cargo markets for years to come, but things have clearly changed over the years. The vast country’s phenomenal economic rise has not even comes close to peaking and that will clearly fuel a vibrant cargo market well into the future, but the air cargo market may prove ever more challenging going forward.

The government’s push to ‘go west’ has changed the cargo markets to some extent, although Shanghai has clearly staked its position as a major cargo market for years to come and there can be no doubt about Hong Kong’s long term position as a cargo hub. Cities like Chongqing, Chengdu and Zhengzhou have been major beneficiaries of the go west policy – particularly Chongqing and Chengdu which have both emerged as electronics and IT hotspots. Chongqing has also distinguished itself as a key player in the automotive sector, boasting numerous production facilities for motorcycles and machinery.