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“Greetings from beautiful Orlando, Florida. For those who do not know me, I’m Lionel, your CNS President, proclaims Lionel van der Walt.
     “This is the first CNS Partnership Conference I have had the privilege to personally plan, and I just wanted to take a moment to share the following thoughts as we get underway addressing the critical issues of our industry and network to build better relationships at this week’s 27th Annual CNS Partnership Conference, April 30-May 2, 2017.”

Voice of Members & Stakeholders

     “Since joining CNS at the end of 2015, one of my top priorities has been to ensure that the voices of our members and industry stakeholders are heard and become central to all that we do.
     “As such, the CNS team has made a concerted effort this year to deliver an agenda at the Partnership Conference that is relevant and centered on the needs of our attendees.”

Others Talk We Listen

     “We have paid particular attention to the comments and suggestions received as part of the 2016 conference feedback and the discussions I have had since Nashville. The conference agenda has been refocused on sessions that will provide insight into what is in store for the air cargo industry in the months and years ahead, the aim being to provide meaningful knowledge that will add value to day-to-day business.”

Monday & Tuesday Sessions Build Business

     Lionel also includes a valuable cautionary tone to the proceedings:
     “To ensure CNS delivers the fullest value, and out of respect for the time and effort our speakers and panelists are committing to us, we kindly ask that everyone join the gathering and support Monday and Tuesday’s plenary sessions."

All Out Effort

     “The CNS team has done a tremendous amount of work to secure a top line-up of speakers and panelists.
     “However, this is the CNS Partnership Conference,” Lionel smiles, “where business comes first. “We understand that first and foremost everyone is here to network and develop new partnerships.
     “We respect this fact.
     “That said there are vey good and meaningful sessions in store at the plenaries that will bring real value up and down the line.
     “Our team has made every effort this year to create an environment and program that will help to facilitate these imperative aspects of the conference program.”

Talk To Us: We Can Take It

     “It’s all about the attendees,” Lionel insists.
     “We are paying close attention to their feedback and hopefully at the end of the conference they will agree that we have met, or even exceeded their expectations. This is certainly something we at CNS would like to achieve.
     “Finally I hope that the participants this year will look for me and let me know what they think of our 2017 Partnership Conference. As mentioned previously, such feedback is really important and most appreciated.
     “For those who are unable to join us in Orlando this year, we hope they can join us in 2018,” Lionel said.
Geoffrey (pictured with Lionel above).

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Chuckles For April 28, 2015

APAC Air Cargo Demand Up

     “Air freight demand out of Asia remained strong through the first quarter and early indicators suggest Q2 will see more of the same,” reports a survey from APAC Forwarding Index, adding that “recent and anticipated volumes on key lanes to and from the region have been rising.”

By The Numbers

      “Right now 54 percent of survey respondents predicted Asian air freight volumes across all lanes will be higher in three months than at present, with 37 percent expecting them to remain the same and just 9 percent expecting them to be lower.
      “Also 52 percent of respondents reported that volumes this month compared to last were higher, while only 11 percent said they were lower.
      “The most dynamic lanes in April compared to March were from Asia to Europe, where 73 percent of respondents reported higher volumes month-on-month, Europe to Asia, where 55 percent said volumes were higher, and Asia to North America, where 63 percent said volumes had risen.”

Ingo-Alexander RahnFor The Record

      DHL Global Forwarding Global Head of Air Freight Ingo-Alexander Rahn, told Flying Typers the air freight market had started the year strongly with an early Chinese New Year peak and “the first quarter ended with strong quarter-end growth across the board.”
      Another forwarder who asked not to be named said the lack of slots available for ocean shipping boosted volumes on the Europe to Asia . “There has been modal shift, and we’re expecting that to continue, until the lines can give us the capacity we need,” he added.

ACI Reports Biz Solid

      The latest data available for the first quarter supported the index survey findings. Airports Council International said although the timing of Chinese New Year skewed figures, global air freight surged 7.8 percent year-on-year in February. Hong Kong (HKG), Shanghai-Pudong (PVG), Seoul-Incheon (ICN), and Tokyo-Narita (NRT) reported traffic gains of 14.1 percent, 20.8 percent, 17 percent, and 11.9 percent respectively.

HKIA Queen Of The Skies

      The world’s largest air freight hub, HKIA, saw growth continue in March, when cargo handled totaled 433,000 tons, up 17.8 percent year-on-year, while over the first three months of 2017 cargo volume rose 11.5 percent year-on-year to 1.1 million tons. “The strong growth in cargo throughput [in March] was largely driven by exports, which recorded a robust 24 percent year-on-year increase,” said a statement from HKIA. “Imports and transshipments also experienced double-digit growth. Amongst the key trading regions, Europe and North America showed the most significant increases.”


AAPA Reports

      The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reported that in March, manufacturing production of major Asian economies expanded at a steady pace on the back of continually rising new business orders. “This helped support export-import activity, in turn benefitting the air cargo sector,” said a statement.
Andrew Herdman       “As a result, the month saw the region’s carriers register a healthy 12.7 percent increase in international air cargo demand, as measured in freight ton kilometers (FTK). Offered freight capacity expanded by a comparatively modest 3.0 percent, resulting in a significant rise in the average international freight load factor, by 5.8 percentage points to reach 67.6 percent for the month.”
      Andrew Herdman, (left) AAPA Director General, said air cargo markets had experienced a strong start to the year, with a firm 9.6 percent increase during the first quarter of 2017. “Elevated consumer and business confidence levels in some developed and emerging market economies translated into increased orders, thus supporting demand for air freight shipments,” he added.
      Looking ahead, Mr. Herdman continued, “The outlook for air passenger and cargo markets remains positive, against the backdrop of a broad upturn in global economic conditions.”


Bankers Trust

      Demand from China certainly remains strong. Export growth in USD terms rose to a much stronger than expected 16.4 percent y-o-y in March from -1.3 percent in February, with external demand in most markets improving, said investment Bank Nomura.
      “By product, exports of traditionally labor-intensive products seemed to lead growth in March, with exports of clothes, footwear, and handbags growing more than 20 percent y-o-y,” said the bank.
      “Exports of mechanical and electrical products and high-tech products also grew, but at a much more moderate pace of 8.8 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.
      “Trade data were stronger than we expected in Q1. Moreover, with the U.S. unlikely to label China a currency manipulator, we believe this reduces the risk of an all-out trade war between China and the U.S., thus reducing downside risks to China’s exports. Also, China can be expected to increase imports from the U.S. in an effort to reduce its trade surplus with the U.S.”

East Side West Side

      But air freight capacity remains an issue, and this has proven a dampener on rates. Drewry’s East West Airfreight Price Index, a weighted average of all-in airfreight “buy rates” forwarders pay to airlines for standard deferred airport-to-airport airfreight services on 21 major East-West routes for cargoes above 1,000 kg, stabilized at an average of $2.84/kg in March after falling continuously from a 12-month high of $3.35/kg in November 2016. “The major airports reporting tonnage figure surged month-on-month,” said Drewry. “Despite relatively low airfreight rates, there has definitely been growth in the trade.
      “[But] capacity continues to rise, albeit at a slower pace than last year, although utilization has gone up along with the rise in load factors.”


Stifel People

      Stifel said air freight volumes had been strong throughout Q1 aided by a pronounced peak season followed by an early Chinese New Year and improving global demand fundamentals. The analyst said that “airfreight supply/demand has tightened a bit” in Q1 and anticipated year-on-year increases during 2017 “in the mid-single-digits at least.”
      Stifel added: “On some lanes, like the backhaul Europe-Asia, capacity tightness is driving some ocean volume to the air.”


DHL Bullish Baby

      While all signs are pointing upward Alexander Rahn is outright bullish saying:
      “We expect the solid growth to continue, fueled mainly by positive economic conditions as well as rising consumer confidence,” said Rahn.

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EU Fines Carriers Again

     Last month the European Union levied a $835 million (776 million Euro) fine on air cargo companies for colluding to fix the level of fuel and security surcharges. It was first slapped on Air Canada, Air France-KLM, British Airways, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Airways, Japan Airlines, LAN Chile, Martinair, Qantas, SAS, and Singapore Airlines before a court threw it out.
     But down is not out, so with a few tweaks in the legal language, the European Union re-imposed the fines.

Same Old Song

     The EU Commission that handles these things once again declared that the companies colluded to fix the level of fuel and security surcharges between 1999 and 2006.
Expect several appeals although in most cases these fines were laid aside and accounted for a long time ago.

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