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Air cargo tonnages and Asia Pacific rates continue to rise five weeks after the Lunar Fresh Year (LNY) dip in early February. Disruptions to container shipping and necessary ask for defective-border e-commerce shipments continue to grab volumes and prices.

Per the most stylish weekly figures from WorldACD Market Recordsdata, mixed export tonnages from Asia Pacific foundation aspects rose by +8% in weeks 10 and 11 (4-10 March and 11-17 March) when put next with the outdated two weeks (2Wo2W) and by +10% when put next with the same duration supreme yr.

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Average rates from Asia Pacific foundation aspects also rose by +8% in weeks 10 and 11, when put next with the outdated two weeks, despite the truth that, like most foundation areas, rates were down on a yr-on-yr (YoY) basis – which is rarely frightful given that readily accessible skill ex-Asia Pacific is up +19%, YoY.

Per the larger than 450,000 weekly transactions lined by WorldACD’s files, Asia-Pacific to Europe routes recorded the predominant increases in tonnages (+15%), on a 2Wo2W basis, with rates also up +8%, as disruptions to Asia-Europe container shipping (precipitated by the attacks on vessels within the Crimson Sea) and necessary e-commerce ask added to skill and pricing pressures. And Asia Pacific to North The US routes also saw increases in tonnages (+11%) and average rates (+8%), with e-commerce shipments and water degree challenges within the Panama Canal including to the ask-aspect pressures, freight forwarders file.

US freight forwarder C.H. Robinson expects the continuing Suez Canal disaster will reason rates on Asia to Europe air freight change lanes to protect elevated and presumably comparatively prolong to the tip of the 2nd quarter (Q2) of 2024. And on Trans-Pacific routes, it expects that with manufacturing momentum deciding on up in anticipation of the tip of Q1 bustle and e-commerce cargo ask rising before Easter, rigidity on skill and rates will seemingly prime within the supreme week of March or early April.

Center East & South Asia surge

The different huge ongoing narrative is the continuing surge in ask and rates from Center East & South Asia (MESA) foundation aspects. Even supposing there used to be a tiny cooling down in ask in weeks 10 and 11, when put next with the outdated two weeks (-3%), tonnages are properly up YoY (+17%) from MESA, and average rates are increasing noteworthy extra strongly (+9%, 2Wo2W and +23%, YoY). This shall be associated to lowering skill within the supreme two weeks because the originate of Ramadan. However, the impact is basically extra huge on the tip of Ramadan right thru a vacation duration.

As WorldACD has highlighted in present weeks, shriek Asia-Europe sea-air hubs such as Dubai, Colombo and Bangkok bear skilled exceptionally high air cargo ask to Europe because the originate of this yr, in gigantic segment linked to the disruptions to Asia-Europe container shipping precipitated by the attacks on vessels within the Crimson Sea. Further prognosis means that Dubai-Europe tonnages remain particularly robust, up by +165% in week 11 when put next with their degree supreme yr. However, they were honest under (-10%) their unprecedented degree of the outdated week.

Even supposing Colombo-Europe tonnages were peaceable up +22%, yr on yr (YoY), in week 11, that compares with +38% in week nine and greater than +80% within the three weeks sooner than.

However, a fresh prognosis by WorldACD reveals that the present disruptions to container shipping bear contributed to a predominant surge in average air freight rates from South Asia. Average rates from South Asia into Europe were up by +67% within the vital half of March (1-17 March) when put next with December 2023 and up by +36% in North The US.