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Industry News from BIFA

  • Air Freight Markets Grow in April

    The increase in demand was broad-based across all regions with the exception of Latin America. The strongest growth occurred in the Middle East and Europe, with April demand up by 7.7% and 6.8%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

    While growth appears to be stronger than in the preceding months of 2016, this is largely due to the disappearance from the comparison data of distorting factors associated with the 2015 strike at seaports on the US West Coast.

    Overall, the demand for air cargo remains soft and lags behind the relatively robust growth on the passenger side of the business. This is largely driven by weak world trade. The first quarter of 2016 saw the first annual decline in trade volumes since the global financial crisis in 2009, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) predicts only sluggish growth for the remainder of 2016.

    “While the April uptick in demand growth for air cargo is encouraging, the overall economic environment is not. The decline in global trade does not bode well for air cargo markets in the months ahead,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

    April 2016
    (% year-on-year)

    World share¹





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    North America       






    ¹% of industry FTKs in 2015   ²Year-on-year change in load factor   ³Load factor level 

    Regional Analysis in Detail

    • Asia-Pacific airlines’ demand for air cargo was basically flat with a 0.1% rise in April compared to last year. Capacity expanded 2.8%. The largest factor impacting this stagnation is weak trade—globally and in the region.

    • North American carriers experienced a significant upward swing in year-on-year performance as the exaggerated effects of last year’s US seaport disruption wore off. Demand grew by 4% in April 2016 compared to the same period last year, significantly better that the 0.8% drop the previous month.

    • European airlines witnessed a 6.8% increase in freight volumes in April 2016, the highest growth since November 2013. The strong European performance corresponds with an increase in export orders in Germany over the last few months. Despite European cargo demand trending upwards, performance remains weak in historical terms. Seasonally adjusted demand in April 2016 was only 1.5% higher than mid-2011. 

    • Middle Eastern carriers saw demand expand by 7.7% and capacity rise 11.0% in April 2016 compared to the same period last year. Although carriers in the region continued to report the fastest growth in aggregate, the April growth rate was about half that recorded in April 2015. This reflects both a slowdown in network expansion by the region’s main carriers over the past six months and weak trading conditions. 

    • Latin American airlines reported a decline in demand of 5.9% and a drop in capacity of 0.7%, as economic conditions continued to worsen, particularly in the region’s largest economy, Brazil.

    • African carriers saw flat-line freight growth in April 2016 compared to the same period last year. Notably, on the back of long-haul expansion, the capacity for African airlines surged by 24.3% year-on-year. This is more than double the pace of any other region in recent months.
  • BIFA seeks to ‘trailblaze’ freight forwarder qualification

    Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) said: “Whilst we already offer mandatory training on things like dangerous goods and air cargo security, we believe there is a need to take things a step further with a recognised standard.

    “BIFA wants to improve the quality of education and skill development all round and in particular encourage the next generation of freight forwarders in their careers and we feel an application could and should be made for specific freight forwarding apprenticeships under the new Trailblazer standards.

    “Here, the UK government has tasked employer-led groups (Trailblazers) to work together to rewrite the apprenticeship standards with the intention that all current frameworks will be removed over the coming year or two and replaced with the new standards.”

    BIFA recently appointed Carl Hobbis, formerly of DB Schenker, as training development manager in a move aimed at driving forward the trade association’s training activities.

    Hobbis explained that first off, BIFA is planning to survey its members and the forwarding industry in general to find out what they are looking for in regards to training and education.

    The first of these surveys, on apprenticeships, is currently online and is designed to help BIFA ascertain whether there is sufficient demand for it to develop and establish apprenticeship standards for freight forwarders.

    Keen added that BIFA would like to develop a professional qualification that would create a “certified” freight forwarder, as exists in other countries such as Germany, Canada, Australia and Singapore, which have much more sophisticated professional training and development programmes.

    BIFA plans to launch another survey shortly to find out whether companies would be prepared to train individuals for a non-mandatory qualification, and if so, how it could be done.

    Keen adds: “In the last few years, our focus has been on regulatory issues that affect our members’ activities such as the changes to the European Union Customs regime and container VGM.

    “But with an ever-increasing average age demographic among UK forwarders, training linked to recruitment is our next big objective.

    UK forwarders who would like to participate in the survey – members of BIFA or not – can access it here:


  • TAPA calls for more law enforcement agencies and insurers to share data on cargo crime to help industry reduce the risk of theft

    Thorsten Neumann, Chairman of TAPA EMEA, said: “Our members are able to operate more resilient supply chains because they can use the intelligence we already receive from some police forces to avoid known ‘hotspots’ for cargo crimes and to protect their facilities and vehicles against the types of attacks we know are taking place several times a day in Europe alone. We already receive data from law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany and Sweden and now we have a commitment from French police to also share data with our Incident Information Service (IIS). However, we need much more crime intelligence from across the EMEA region if industry is to help the police tackle this issue. Similarly, we are asking more insurers to help us gain a better understanding of the true level of cargo crime, which remains massively under-reported.”

    His comments come as cargo crimes reported to TAPA’s IIS in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region reached a three-year high in Q1 2016, with an average of nearly five incidents every day culminating in millions of euros of losses for manufacturers and logistics service providers.

    Overall, 444 incidents were reported to TAPA’s IIS in the region in the first three months of 2016, a 115% increase year-on-year. This compared to 216 and 206 freight thefts recorded by the Association in the first quarters of 2014 and 2015 respectively. Thefts of products from supply chains were reported in 19 countries in EMEA in Q1 2016 and included 29 major losses with a value of more than €100,000. The total loss for the 24.1% of incidents reporting a value was €7,979,623 and this produced an average loss of €74,547.

    The highest single loss reported over the three months was the theft of eight pallets of perfume valued at €600,000 from a trailer in Lastrup, Lower Saxony, in Germany.

    TAPA’s incident intelligence data shows that 86.2% of cargo thefts in the three months occurred in four countries. 131 new incidents were reported in the United Kingdom, 126 in the Netherlands, 86 in Germany and 40 in Sweden, with all four countries recording an increase year-on-year as a result of increased sharing of incident data by police authorities. France, South Africa and Italy recorded a further total of 32 cargo crimes. The UK also recorded most of the major cargo crimes, 13 in total, followed by Germany with seven.

    Continuing a trend reported in TAPA’s IIS Annual Report for 2015, data for the first quarter of this year shows the wide variety of products being targeted by cargo thieves, with high volumes of lower value goods proving to be just as attractive to criminals as high value products. In the 16 IIS product categories reporting losses in Q1, Food & Drink recorded the highest number of incidents – as it did for the whole of 2015 – with 48 losses or 10.8% of the 444 Q1 crimes. There were 35 recorded cases of thefts of Clothing & Footwear, 25 losses of Computers/Laptops, 24 incidents involving Furniture/Household Appliances, and 20 reported crimes in both the Cosmetics & Hygiene and Tools/Building Materials categories.

    Other products stolen from supply chains by cargo thieves in Q1 included Tobacco, Tyres, Toys & Games, Bicycles, Metal, Sports Equipment, Pharmaceuticals, Car Parts, Cash and Phones.

    Cargo thefts involving trucks continued to dominate recorded crimes in the quarter with 56.3% of losses or 250 incidents involving Theft from Vehicle. There were a further 53 cases of Theft from Trailer and 36 reports of Theft of Vehicle, Theft from Facility was reported on 25 occasions in Q1 2016 and there were also 12 Hijacking crimes. Other types of incident included Theft of Trailer, Theft from Container, Fraud and Robbery.

    The lack of secure parking locations, particularly on major trade routes across Europe, was again evident. The majority of freight thefts took place when vehicles were stopped at motorway services, in lay-bys along main highways, or on industrial estates while drivers took their required rest breaks. Losses involving unsecured parking locations accounted for 55.7% or 247 of the incidents reported to TAPA in the EMEA region over the three-month period to 31 March.

    Origin Facility was the location of 45 crimes and incidents were also reported at Maritime, Railway and Road Transportation Facilities. Violence and Threat with Violence was the modus operandi used by criminals in 19 or 4.3% of cases.

    Thorsten Neumann added: “We do not know the full extent of cargo crime in EMEA nor globally. We do know, however, that we are barely scratching the surface of the number of incidents we believe are happening in some major countries in our region. The best way to help fight cargo crime is through public private partnership where we all contribute to making supply chains safer. That is the fastest route to putting cargo criminals out of business – and that is the message we will continue to communicate in our discussions with INTERPOL, Europol, the European Commission and insurance organisations. We are all in this together.”

    Source: TAPA

  • Cargo Crime Area Hotspots in UK

    Offenders are targeting trucks/their loads in:-

    1. Leicester Forest East, Leicester between J21 – 21A; and
    2. Thetford Bypass A11, Norfolk between the B1107 and A1066.

    Also, criminals are very active throughout the Essex area with particular interest in the following areas:-

    1. Thurrock J30/31 on the M25
    2. A13 Purfleet
    3. A127 and A1235 Basildon
    4. A13 Rainham.

    Drivers of curtain sided vehicles are urged to be especially vigilant as the most common MO used is curtain slashing.

    Source: CNA Hardy