The Lufthansa Family—(left to right): Daniel
Bleckmann, Leonardo Porto, Marcia Feche, Reto Hunziker, Leslie Valenti,
Cleverton Vighy, Christiane Müller-Rostin, Mauricio Pereira,
Silvia Helmer and Eduardo Faria.
big deals either closed or on the table, and great networking meetings
and seminars were the hallmarks of Intermodal 2011 held April 5-7
in Sao Paulo, Brazil as more than 45,000 professionals gathered for
the 17th Intermodal South America and three days of logistics, cargo
shipping and international trade.
year no doubt the event booked itself into becoming one of the top
meetings for transportation in the world.
“SAO was just great,” said
Heide Enfield, (left) Head of Marketing and PR at Lufthansa Charter.
“Here were represented the emerging
markets of Middle and South America; it was the absolute place to
be for Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo Charter to present our
menu of products and services,” Heide added.
Daniel Bleckmann, Regional Director
South America, the Caribbean and Florida for Lufthansa Cargo, and
Reto R. Hunziker, Managing Director of Lufthansa Cargo Charter, told
ACN/FT that they both were impressed by “the quality
of the exhibition and its visitors.”
“The exhibition was extremely
busy with many regional customers from South America, plus a growing
number of visitors out of North America and Europe also were in evidence,”
“The market is gaining importance
and its growth potential is being recognized,” Mr. Bleckmann
“After the first joint appearance
in 2010, Lufthansa Cargo and its subsidiary Lufthansa Cargo Charter
can now say that this Intermodal 2011 show was a solid success,”
Ms. Enfield said.
“We will be back together in 2012,”
Mr. Bleckmann and Mr. Hunziker assured.
Ram Menen, Divisional Senior Vice President
of Emirates SkyCargo reports that Intermodal South America 2011 was
“an all around winner”.
Worth noting is that SkyCargo has attended
several of these events in the past, even when others were not in
Indication is that in 2011 the Dubai-based
carrier will continue to press development of its air cargo business
in Latin America.
“Since Emirates SkyCargo inaugurated
its freighter service Dubai to Viracopos-Campinas (Sao Paulo) in November
last year, the route has increased capacity for cargo transport between
Brazil and the United Arab Emirates by 500 tons per week.
“With all flights on Mondays and
Thursdays, aboard a Boeing 747-400F, this newly launched service have
been key to boosting trade between Brazil and the Middle East and
also to Asia and Europe, since it creates a direct, fast and secure
“Intermodal SAO was an excellent
opportunity for "face time" with our South American customers
and partners as people travel from all over the continent to attend.
“Moreover we are very serious
about South America.
“It is one area where we see a
lot of potential growth."
New GSA Accord—Left to right: Robert Siegel, Regional
Manager Cargo Commercial Operations Europe & the Americas,
SkyCargo; Marcos Oliveira, CEO, Scand Air Cargo; Ram Menen,
Divisional Senior Vice President SkyCargo; Dener Souza, South
America Cargo Manager SkyCargo; Marcelo Pereyra, Managing Director
Scand-Repremar Air Cargo Services, SkyCargo's new GSA based
in Montevideo, Uruguay; Prakash Nair, Manager Network Cargo
Sales Development SkyCargo and Dener Souza, South America Cargo
We note that according
to the Arab/Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, exports to Arab countries
totaled USD$ 12.57 billion in 2010, representing a growth of 34%
over the previous year. Imports from Arab countries ended the year
with USD$ 6.96 billion, a jump upward of 33% compared to 2009. Among
the main destinations for Brazilian products are precisely the UAE
(USD$1.85 billion, up 4.7%).
“That’s right and the
momentum in trade between Brazil and Arab countries should continue
“So far this year during January
and February exports reached USD$2.02 billion - an increase of 46.97%
over the same period in 2010.
“To that end at Intermodal 2011
Emirates announced new services to Rio and Buenos Aires beginning
“The belly hold capacity on
the 777-300ER we will deploy on the route will support key imports
and exports including automobile parts, accessories, manufactured
goods, fruit and vegetables, machinery and pharmaceutical products
“For Buenos Aires, we see key
imports and exports including perishables, textiles as well as pharmaceuticals.
“Also at Intermodal SAO we formalized
our agreement with Scand-Repremar Air Cargo Services, our GSSA in
Uruguay,” Ram Menen said.
In a related, ‘one hand washes
the other move,’ Panalpina, which has both pioneered a service
and also proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the inventive and
intuitive can also work in air cargo, has connected its North American
hub in Huntsville, Alabama to Sao Paulo, Brazil and recently received
the Global Trade Award for 2011 from the North Alabama International
Panalpina pioneered all-cargo air
freight service between Luxembourg and Huntsville in September 1990
as the first freight-forwarding company to offer scheduled cargo
service between Europe and North America.
Panalpina—in cooperation with
Atlas Air—has expanded its “Dixie Jet” service
from Hong Kong to Huntsville and an express service to Brazil, with
an airport-to-airport time of 30 hours from Hong Kong via Huntsville
to Sao Paulo.
"This transportation leg is offered
due to the big demand for fast and reliable connections from Asia
to Brazil," said Markus Muecke, (right) Panalpina Head of Air
Freight Procurement at Intermodal 2011.
We spoke collectively to Michael
Hatfield (UA), Jim Bellinder and Maddy Munoz (CO) who were in SAO
for Intermodal South America to network with conferees while raising
the excitement , anticipation and promise of the “New United
about good looking: these folks see a more positive future every
The consensus opinion was that
“the Brazilian market is very important to the New United
Cargo, so it was important to meet with all subsidiary CO and subsidiary
UA customers in one place at one time.
“We were able to discuss
our integration progress with both existing customers and many potential
“We feel that the Latin
America air freight market is growing as fast or faster than any
other region in the world, and IATA statistics support this.
“We're very bullish on
Latin America's future growth potential as well.
“Intermodal South America
has always been a high-quality event, but this year the quality
of the event and the exhibitions exceeded other years.
“We were very pleased
with the number of decision-makers who attended, and how eager they
were to learn about new solutions to their logistics needs.
“It was also, for us,
a learning process.
“It was amazing to see
the number of companies that are putting new resources into the
Latin America region.
“Clearly, United Cargo
is not the only organization that is bullish on Latin America's
Also on the airline side,
TAP Cargo was present at SAO Intermodal 2011.
During the event, TAP Cargo’s CEO,
José Anjos (above), revealed an 18 percent growth forecast
for TAP Cargo this year in Brazil.
plays a key role in business relations between Portugal and Brazil
operating (from June 1) 74 weekly services to 10 Brazilian cities.
“In 2010, we reached a perfect
operational balance: we transported 17,000 tons from Portugal to
Brazil and then 17,000 from Brazil to Portugal,” Mr. Anjos
Speaking to the ambitious upward curve
of business in the southern climes, Delta Cargo President Neel Shah
“For us the entire Latin American
market has shown some tremendous strength and we are very pleased
with our year on year performance in all gateways including SCL,
GRU, GIG, EZE, LIM, and BOG”.