Ex-China e-commerce surge triggers air capacity squeeze and rate hike

A surge in e-commerce volumes out of China has triggered an air cargo potential squeeze, leading to some consignments being transhipped to other details in Asia for on-forwarding to conclusion-locations this kind of as the US and Europe, in accordance to a important forwarder.

“We are hearing there are around 2,000 to 3,000 tonnes, it’s possible much more, of e-commerce merchandise leaving Hong Kong every day,” Jan Kleine-Lasthues, Hellmann All over the world Logistics’ COO airfreight, advised The Loadstar.

The German team has a extended-recognized presence in China, organising air cargo capacity for some of the country’s major e-commerce gamers.

“Maybe this surge is only since of Christmas, but, at minimum partly, it will be sustainable quantity. It has pushed up ex-Hong Kong air cargo fees over the previous two months, and it is an remarkable growth.

“The volumes staying pumped out of South China are insane appropriate now, to the place exactly where some of these shipments are staying trucked to gateways all in excess of the country as very well, for transhipment to distinct airports across Asia. A absence of capability out of Hong Kong, for illustration, indicates goods are becoming transported via Vietnam.

In accordance to Xeneta,  e-commerce behemoths Shein and Temu between them nearly accounted for the rise in air cargo volumes and prices out of Hong Kong and China final thirty day period, building some welcome ‘havoc’ in an air cargo market place devoid of a regular peak period.

“The significant issue is, how very long can this last? questioned Niall van de Wouw, Xeneta’s main airfreight officer.

“Airfreight is a essential section of the e-commerce model because it depends on velocity. This have to have for potential is producing fairly a bit of havoc in the current market –

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