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   Vol. 17 No. 25
Wednesday April 25, 2018

       LATAM Cargo Vice President Sales East Coast Andres Varela doesn’t claim to know it all.
       But there is something this youthful, energetic 19-year veteran does know. As vice president for Miami-based LATAM Cargo, he understands he has a tiger by the tail. LATAM is growing its cargo business all over the world.


New Destinations For 2018

       LATAM continues building a growing empire in the sky.
       Last month in March 2018, LATAM added Rome (Italy).
       LATAM operates three weekly flights (increasing to five weekly flights in July 2018) from São Paulo to Rome, which will become its second destination in Italy after Milan.
       LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates now offer flights from São Paulo to Lisbon and Boston.
       We note LATAM’s website shows schedules to these destinations began April 15.
       LATAM also announced they intend to add 3x weekly flights to Tel Aviv by the end of 2018. Subject to regulatory approval, the airline plans to operate the flight from Santiago to Sao Paulo to Tel Aviv.


       Last year, when Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) approved the proposed Joint Business Agreement (JBA) between LATAM Airlines Group and American Airlines, the move added to the approval of the LATAM-IAG (International Airlines Group) JBA that was given approval in March 2017.
       Both JBAs have also been approved in Colombia and Uruguay.


First CEIV Pharma

       Last year, LATAM Cargo historically became the first airline in the Americas to receive CEIV Pharma certification from IATA, and in November 2017 was awarded with the certification as a handler for its HUB at MIA.
       Since that global certification and marketing scheme began in Brussels in 2014, it has been gaining recognition from airlines, airports, freight forwarders, and shippers.
       Interestingly and maybe even unique amongst all CEIV-certified carriers, while welcoming the benefits of accreditation, LATAM also tipped its hat to the process.
       “The CEIV certification process,” LATAM declared, “has been beneficial for LATAM Cargo.
       “CEIV has provided access to new assessment and control tools, which we have helped to improve our product quality and service delivery up and down the line and, it has also strengthened our awareness in the importance of the proper transportation and handling of pharmaceuticals.”


On The Line In Miami

       Andres was born in Colombia. He said that when he began his career in aviation fresh out of college, he opted for the airlines rather than joining his dad, who was an executive at a brewery in Colombia.
       “I did my apprenticeship at Tampa Airlines and fell in love with the business at once.
       “After six months, as I prepared to go back and finish my last year in college, my boss at Tampa told me, ‘You are not going back to college.
       You are a natural in this business.’
       “So I stayed and the rest, as they say, is history. I have been an airline cargo guy ever since.
       “To me, air cargo’s greatest attraction lies in its dynamism.”
       “One day the consignments are running perishables, the next, the oil business, and then pharma and even more heavy lift.
       “LATAM by attitude and dedication moves easily to the task of handling them all.”


An Air Cargo Resource With Options

       “LATAM is exceptional as an old fashioned airline with a real passion for the business that comes down from the top and touches all of us.
       “Our air cargo product and dedication to every process of the business puts us in a class all by ourselves.
       “For example, the mix of our fleet between freighters and belly lift provides our customers options unique in this hemisphere. Coupled with our growing global route system, it is steadily moving our brand to places all over the world, including China.”


A Very Good Year

       “2017 was a very good year. It began a bit slow, but steadily momentum has increased,” Andres said.
       “Business was especially alive southward. Brazil, which in many respects dictates success in air cargo, is coming back alive.
       “Chile and Argentina have also rebounded nicely as rates move upward, which is a major plus right now.
       “Generally speaking, corporations have adjusted nicely to right sizing their businesses and shipping smarter.
       “Value for money means even more in a robust market so we at LATAM continue to bring our style of attention and detail to every commercial account.
       “For example, our results in Brazil as a market were up 20 percent YoY versus 2016.
       “No doubt, the struggles of the past few years are fading, so we move forward into 2018 with even more confidence seeing a good year ahead.
       “While it is said that a rising tide lifts all boats,” Andres Varela said, “LATAM will take nothing for granted as we continue to build and expand our product offering.”

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President Donald Trump has been in office for a little over a year and in that time he has reversed many Obama-era Executive Orders affecting business. 
       He has been aggressive in stemming terrorism, secured a budget with massive military spending increases to modernize and resupply the U.S. military, focused on deporting criminal illegal aliens, proposed extensive U.S. immigration policy reforms, and passed both individual and corporate tax relief to increase consumer spending and improve the U.S. investment environment.


Jobs Job One

       As a result, recent economic indicators show increased job creation, a historically low unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, and record consumer confidence.
       In my first few articles I covered the Trump effect on the U.S. passenger and cargo airlines, demonstrating how his administration’s accomplishments in 2017 helped the industry thrive even in the face of the well-known pilot shortage. 


What Will 2018 Bring?

       President Trump’s priorities are clear—we can expect increased spending on U.S. infrastructure, serious immigration reform, a renewed focus on cyber security, and serious movement on international issues. The Trump diplomatic plan has the potential to help reduce or resolve global conflicts; his unprecedented move to deal directly with Kim Jong Un raises the possibility of a denuclearized North Korea, while his firm leadership can both stabilize the Middle East and improve relations with China and Russia, America’s only rivals.


Get Tough Win Big

       In addition to the security benefits that come with these achievements, the U.S. can also expect to improve its terms of trade through Trump’s get-tough approach, but there may be pain before those gains can be realized.
       I stated in my first article on the “Trump Effect” that if this administration uses trade restrictions as a negotiating tool the air cargo industry may suffer in the short-term as other countries retaliate.


Blow Back Rising

       Today it appears that the process is underway with steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as the threat of further restrictions on imports from China. 
       China immediately retaliated with a 25 percent tariff on certain U.S. goods, primarily manufactured in states that supported Trump in the elections.
       The President is also actively renegotiating NAFTA with Canada and Mexico. 
       Given the low interest rates producing a weak U.S. dollar, these tariffs will have a double effect.
       President Trump’s campaign promised to “Make America Great Again” through improving trade deals struck by past administrations and ending the theft of intellectual property from American firms, which will have real consequences for the air cargo industry.


About Trade Imbalance

       American’s trade imbalance has continued to worsen at the cost of American workers. The numbers since 2009 (listed in billions of USD) have continued to be dangerously negative since 2009:

       •2017: ($568.4)
       •2016: ($504.7)
       •2015: ($500.4)
       •2014: ($490.3)
       •2013: ($461.8)
       •2012: ($536.7)
       •2011: ($548.7)
       •2010: ($494.6)


The Question Is

       We must ask if the President’s challenge to China, Canada, and Mexico, three of its top trading partners, will reduce America’s trade with those countries, and will that hurt the U.S. air cargo industry? 
       When you factor in the near-doubling pilot costs even with the weak dollar, it is unclear if U.S. airlines can be competitive offshore with their foreign counterparts when and if trade shifts from the U.S. 
       These questions need to be thoroughly analyzed by the U.S. Administration.
       The U.S. non-schedule charter carriers, which make up most of the American non-integrator all-cargo aircraft fleet, have been using a strategy of long-term leases for their wide-body freighters with companies like Amazon and DHL, and that will somewhat protect the big carriers until the market settles. 


Shifting Fortunes Ahead

       But smaller cargo charter airlines are at risk, just as we saw at the turn of this century, with some facing liquidation.
       We don’t know how this will play out—who will be the first to fall, and will the result be a market consolidated with near-total control by bigger carriers? 
       The consequences for such a major shift go beyond the commercial market to affect security policy, with the CRAF program affected particularly since it relies on smaller carriers.


Keeping Watch

       As the Trump administration continues to move aggressively on trade, it cannot lose sight of the second- and third-order effects of its policies across different economic sectors, and air cargo in particular.
       An America that is truly great needs a great air logistics industry both for its economic health and its long-term security.
Bill Boesch

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