Air cargo demand growth slows in May

In its overview of May air cargo performance, WorldACD asked the question that has been rehashed repeatedly as traffic growth has slowed and protectionist rhetoric has increased in 2018: “Is the party really over?” With these most recent results, the slowdown from last year’s consistent double-digit increases is undeniable – while volumes are still increasing […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 2, 2018

Air freight rates continue to rise

There are patterns underlying the trends in air freight demand and rates. Even within an overall trend of rising demand, for example, we still expect to see traffic peak during “peak season,” then subside through December, January, and February, rise to a brief mini-peak in the spring, then subside again slightly in the summer until […]
  • David Harris
  • March 29, 2018

Peak season air freight rates, how high will they go?

Air freight rates on major east-west routes fluctuate month-to-month, and for the year 2017 reached their highest levels yet in October. After a pronounced slide following the end of 2016’s peak, rates were relatively stable until September, when prices began picking up ahead of peak season. Although aggregate data is not yet available for November, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 6, 2017

Air freight rates slowly edging upwards ahead of peak season

Air freight rates on major east-west routes fluctuate from month-to-month, and for the year 2017, appear to have bottomed out in February. Except for a blip between April and May, rates have gradually been on the rise ahead of peak season. In its monthly East-West Airfreight Price Index, Drewry reported rates up 1.6 points between […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 23, 2017

Smaller-than-expected December decline in air freight rates.

After reaching a year-high in November 2016, air freight rates on major east-west routes fell for the first time since May 2016 in December, according to UK-based freight market analyst Drewry. Rates often taper down following peak season as capacity eases up, but this month’s drop-off was smaller than usual. In its monthly East-West Airfreight […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 24, 2017

Freight rates — good news and bad.

Air freight rates on major east-west routes rose slightly in August, according to UK-based freight market analyst Drewry. It’s a good news/bad news situation, and we’ll start with the good news. In its monthly East-West Airfreight Price Index, Drewry showed rates up 0.7 points in August, continuing a trend of rising rates that began six […]
  • David Harris
  • September 29, 2016

Now what?

On the first business day of 2016, the world’s financial news services are leading with the story of a 7% drop in China’s CSI Index triggering the automatic shutdown of stock trading in the country. This was followed by fears that The trouble in China would spread to markets in Europe and North America. Monday’s […]
  • David Harris
  • January 4, 2016

Air freight rates decline in June

UK-based shipping consultancy Drewry published its analysis of air freight rates on major east-west trade lanes in June, and the data show the expected continuing rate decline. Drewry reported its East-West Air Freight Price Index declined by  1.1 points in June to a reading of 88.7, bringing the index down to its lowest level since it […]
  • David Harris
  • July 24, 2015
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