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Industry News from BIFA

  • Air Freight Growth Slowed to 2.2% in 2015

    After a strong start, air freight volumes began a decline that continued through most of 2015, until some improvements to world trade drove a modest pick-up late in the year. Cargo in Asia-Pacific, accounting for around 39% of freight traffic, expanded by a moderate 2.3%. The key markets of Europe and North America, which between them comprise around 43% of total cargo traffic, were basically flat in 2015. Latin America suffered a steep decline (-6.0%) while the Middle East grew strongly, up 11.3%. Africa also saw modest growth of 1.2%. The freight load factor (FLF) was at times the lowest for some years, falling to an average 44.1% compared to 45.7% in 2014, driven down by weak demand and capacity expansion.

    "2015 was another very difficult year for air cargo. Growth has slowed and revenue is falling. In 2011 air cargo revenue peaked at $67 billion. In 2016 we are not expecting revenue to exceed $51 billion. Efficiency gains are critical as the sector adjusts to shortening global supply chains and evermore competitive market conditions. We have to adjust to the ‘new normal’ of cargo growing in line with general rates of economic expansion. The industry is moving forward with an e-freight transformation that will modernize processes and improve the value proposition. The faster the industry can make that happen, the better," said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

    The industry’s key challenges will be discussed in detail at the World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Berlin, 15-17 March. The world’s largest gathering of air cargo professionals, the 10th WCS will bring together 1,000 delegates under the theme of ‘The Value of Air Cargo’ to debate solutions for strengthening air cargo and the vital service it performs for the world economy.

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    Regional analysis in detail

    The global freight growth rate in December was 0.8% compared to December 2014. Within that range there were considerable regional fluctuations. 

    • African airlines FTKs declined by 8.4% in December although for 2015 as a whole the region grew by 1.2%. The FLF in 2015 was 29.7%, the lowest of any region. The underperformance of the Nigerian and South African economies was a challenge throughout the year, but trade growth to and from the region was sufficient to drive a modest expansion in FTKs.

    • Asia-Pacific carriers were basically flat in December, expanding just 0.1%. For the whole of 2015, the region grew 2.3%. The FLF for 2015 was 53.9%, the highest of any region. Cargo expansion in the region has been hampered by a shift in Chinese economic policy to favour domestic consumption. A mid-year fall of 8% in trade to/from emerging Asia also led to declines but this appears to have bottomed out, with a rebound in the second half of the year.

    • European airlines grew by 1.2% in December but the performance for 2015 in total was a fall of 0.1% compared to 2014. The FLF in 2015 was 44.9%. Economic conditions in the Eurozone have been subdued, leading to suppressed demand for air freight, but imports have improved in recent months.

    • Latin American carriers continued the weak performance of recent months, declining by 6.2% in December and by 6.0% for 2015 as a whole. This was the weakest performance of any region. The average FLF for 2015 was 38.3%. Economic and political conditions in Brazil have worsened, and regional trade activity has been volatile.

    • Middle Eastern carriers grew 4.0% in December and for 2015 in total the region expanded 11.3% compared to 2014. The FLF was 42.8% for 2015. The region enjoyed a strong year as network expansion into emerging markets was supported by economic growth in local economies. Political instability and the fall in the oil price may impact on some economies in the region but growth as a whole remains robust enough to support further expansion in 2016.

    • North American airlines saw FTKs expand 1.4% in December compared to December 2014. For the year as a whole, North America grew just 0.1%. The 2015 FLF was 34.3%. Growth in 2015 faded after a strong start that was flattered by the West Coast ports strike. Recently there have been mixed signals from economic data, indicating an uncertain outlook for air freight in the coming months.

    View December freight results (pdf)

    Source: IATA

  • UK freight forwarders take the plaudits

    The winners of the ten General, Modal and Specialist categories in the Awards, which has established a benchmark of quality for the British freight forwarding industry for more than a quarter of a century, are: Greenshields Cowie & Co; Dynamic International Freight Services; 512 (Sheffield); The Woodland Group; Unsworth Global Logistics; Transglobal Freight Management; PSL Freight; Panalpina World Transport; Kuehne + Nagel; and, Moto Freight.

    In the Individual category, the winner of the Young Freight Forwarder Award was Liam Byrne, part owner of  ACC Freight Management.

    As freight generates revenue for BIFA members when it is on the move, it was appropriate that this year's Awards luncheon was hosted by Sally Boazman, otherwise known as ‘Sally Traffic’, the BBC Radio 2 travel reporter. Her travel reports have helped keep UK freight forwarders on the move on Britain’s roads since 1988.

    BIFA President Sir Peter Bottomley MP again welcomed guests to the 27th BIFA Freight Services Awards luncheon ceremony and, along with Sally Boazman, presented all the finalists with their certificates.

    Robert Keen, BIFA Director General, says: “I know that every year BIFA members look forward to attending the Awards luncheon as I do. It has always been a great way to start a New Year in business.

    “The luncheon represents more than just fine dining in a splendid location. It is also about conviviality and networking, cementing existing relationships between Members and guests, and making new ones. I congratulate every company and individual who took the time and trouble to enter our Freight Service Awards competition 2015. I continue to believe that the very act of entering allows Members to improve their business systems and learn a great deal about themselves.

    “It is sometimes hard to realise that we have been hosting this Awards for more than a quarter of a century. Much has changed in the technological and business environments for the freight industry, both here and abroad during the life of these awards. But two things have remained the same. The venue of the Brewery – one of the best in London – and the need for the personal touch in business. We again celebrate these enduring qualities of the latter in this Awards luncheon.”

    The finalists and winners in the 11 Awards categories were as follows:

    General categories

    The Project Forwarding Award - sponsored by Peter Lole Insurance Brokers

    Winner – Greenshields Cowie & Co – The company demonstrated its whole company coming together to provide logistics services for a significant humanitarian aid project. The team handled the continuing high pressure extremely well, and responded quickly to the requirement to deliver frequent charters under a closed borders situation.

    Finalists – CEVA Freight (UK); Expeditors International (UK); Worldwide Energy Logistics

    The Specialist Services Award – sponsored by Forward Computers

    Winner – Dynamic International Freight Services - The judging panel considered the company put forward an excellent presentation detailing the development of its specialised carnet service which it offered in tandem with the movement of goods. This has proved particularly attractive in the film and television industry, as well as to participants in overseas events where time is of the essence.

    Finalists – Customs Clearance; Priority Freight; World Transport Agency

    The Staff Development Award – sponsored by Albacore Systems

    Winner – 512 (Sheffield) – The judges felt that 512 showed commitment to staff development with the implementation of a significant graduate and management training scheme. The scheme encouraged staff to meet customers on a face-to-face basis, leading to staff growth and fulfilment, as well as bringing new blood and fresh ideas into the forwarding industry.

    Finalists – Espace Europe; Uniserve Group; Unsworth Global Logistics

    The Supply Chain Management Award -  sponsored by BoxTop Technologies

    Winner – The Woodland Group – The judges were impressed with the company's innovative approach of simplifying the supply chain within the sports industry. Having identified a clear gap in the market, Woodland Sports Logistics offers its customers a one-stop-shop, from sourcing ethically-produced products to managing the shipping, storage, and fulfilment process.

    Finalists – Ligentia UK; MIQ Logistics; Uniserve Group

    The Sustainable Logistics Award – sponsored by Red Recruit

    Winner – Unsworth Global Logistics – This company was chosen as the winner for its dedication and flexible approach to developing 'greener' solutions for its customers. By identifying and implementing an ingenious car racking system it has created an innovative shipping method which improves efficiencies, with greater cost-savings, whilst saving the environment through a reduction in carbon footprint.

    Finalists – Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics; Estuary Waste Management; Priority Freight

    Individual category

    The Young Freight Forwarder Award - sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo

    Winner – Liam Byrne of ACC Freight Management – In four short years he has firmly established himself in the international freight industry, particularly in European road transport. Responsible for both sales and operations, Liam has sought to ensure continuous improvement in both his own, and his teams’, service delivery. Liam now prides himself as part-owner of ACC Freight Management.

    Finalists – Daria Banks of Banks & Lloyd (Shipping); Nicolas Barrois of World Transport Agency; James Mears of Ital Logistics

    Modal categories

    The Air Cargo Services Award – sponsored by IAG Cargo

    Winner – Transglobal Freight Management - The judges considered the company's commitment to increase efficiencies and services through technology by embracing the XML format in the production of electronic documents to be worthy of an award. The investment both in time and staffing is offering tangible service benefits to its customers, and has put the company at the vanguard.

    Finalists – 512 (Sheffield); Brunel Air Cargo; Greenshields Cowie & Co

    The European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club

    Winner - PSL Freight – The company invested in both its staff, and in quality systems to deliver a new rapid response offering. As well as providing an improved service, with much faster turnaround times for existing customers, it has also generated new routes and new customers.

    Fnalists – ACC Freight Management; Eurogate Logistics; Ital Logistics

    The Ocean Services Award – sponsored by Cargoguide International

    Winner - Panalpina World Transport – The judges considered that the company demonstrated a successful five year strategy for expansion of its ocean services division in specific industry vertical sectors. Through a successful implementation of its plan, this mode of transport has grown to a level where it has become a vital component of its total solutions offering.

    Finalists – 512 (Sheffield); Brunel Shipping; Ideal International

    Specialist categories

    The Cool Award – sponsored by American Airlines Cargo

    Winner - Kuehne + Nagel – Through its K.N.PharmaChain programme, Kuehne + Nagel has shown a commitment to the cool chain that adds true value not only to its customers, but also to the whole supply chain. Its use of cutting edge technologies to provide wireless temperature monitoring for pharmaceutical shipments has provided greater reliability, reduced delays, less wastage, and real cost savings.

    Finalists: IJS Global (UK); James Cargo Services; Panalpina World Transport

    The Extra Mile Award – sponsored by Descartes

    Winner – Moto Freight – Its approach to customers demonstrated an ethos throughout the company to go that extra mile, right down to the individual level. By providing an extremely personalised service 24/7, whether locally or overseas, especially as a small company, shows a real commitment to customer care.

    Finalists: DSV Road; Ital Logistics; PSL Freight

  • Decline in Air Freight Volumes Bottoms Out

    The negative year-on-year comparisons occurred across all regions with the exception of the Middle East. Of the major markets that together comprise more than 80% of total trade, Europe was down 2.0%, North America by 3.2%, and Asia-Pacific by 1.5%. The comparative weakness in these regions was driven largely because the performance in November 2014 was very strong. Latin American and African markets also fell, by 6.4% and 6.0% respectively. The Middle East region posted 5.4% growth.

    "The freight performance in November was a mixed bag. Although the headline growth rate fell again, and the global economic outlook remains fragile, it appears that parts of Asia-Pacific are growing again and globally, export orders are looking better. In fact, the downward trend in FTK volumes appears to be bottoming out. But there is a great deal of uncertainty. The current volatility of stock markets shows how much the health of the global economy – upon which air cargo depends - remains on a knife-edge," said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

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    Regional analysis in detail

    • Asia-Pacific carriers saw a slight fall in FTKs of 1.5% in November compared to November 2014, and capacity expanded 3.2%. Compared to October, volumes expanded by a strong 1.9%. Over recent months, the declining trend in volumes has halted. Better demand in advanced economies is driving export growth in some countries, particularly in Japan.

    • European carriers reported weaker demand in November, down 2.0% compared to a year ago, and capacity rose 2.2%. Comparing November to October, the trend was flat, but there are indications that stronger manufacturing and export orders could support air freight demand in the coming months.

    • North American airlines experienced a fall of 3.2% year-on-year and capacity grew 5.8%. The market remains hard to read. A 0.4% expansion compared to October indicates that air cargo could be recovering. But export indicators are poor, making it hard to be optimistic for the coming months.

    • Middle Eastern carriers saw demand expand by 5.4%, and capacity rise 9.2%. Although the Middle East led the way as the only market showing positive growth, the rate fell to less than half the 11.9% average growth for the year-to-date. Falls in the oil price are impacting some economies in the region.

    • Latin American airlines reported a decline in demand of 6.4% year-on-year, and capacity expanded 1.9%. Few positive signals emerged from the markets in this region, with economic and political conditions in Brazil particularly weak. The comparison with October also showed a 1.4% contraction and air cargo demand appears to be mirroring weaker consumer confidence.

    • African carriers experienced a fall in demand of 6.0%, and capacity rose by 6.6%. Africa remains one of only three regions (with Asia-Pacific and Middle East) to record positive year-to-date growth for 2015. Demand is holding up despite the underperformance of Nigeria and South Africa.

    View November Air Freight Results (pdf)

  • Container lines brace for losses in 2016

    Drewry says that the decline in global container shipping freight rates was as high as 9 percent in 2015; carrier unit revenues will decline further in 2016, albeit at a slightly slower pace.  Further widening of the supply-demand imbalance at the trade route level, coupled with insufficient measures to reduce ship capacity, will drive industry-wide losses.

    End of year 2015 spot rates from Asia to the US West Coast and US East Coast were around USD815 and USD1,520 per 40ft container respectively – the lowest rates since 2009. With decent cargo growth and load factors of over 90 percent to the US West Coast, this rate deterioration demonstrates that carriers have been fighting for market share, while positioning themselves for further shifting of cargo from the West to the East Coast after the Panama Canal widening.

    Ocean carriers believe they have taken a great deal of corrective action during the final three months of 2015 in order to lift very low freight rates. Drewry claims, however, that the removal of six major east-west services and the blanking of 32 voyages in November and 21 in December did relatively little to improve trade route supply/demand balances.

    Spot rates of below USD200 per 40ft container in the Asia-North Europe trade during June 2015 were also unprecedented. While spot rates have staged a recovery since the start of 2016, Drewry expects these gains to prove short-lived.

    Some industry stakeholders point to the fact that low bunker rates are contributing to lower overall container freight rates. However, Drewry believes that ocean carriers are no longer able to cut costs faster than the prevailing declines seen in the freight rate market; the oil price is close to its lowest ebb and the costs for positioning empty containers and vessel lay ups will increase during 2016.

    Furthermore, claimed Drewry, with the idle fleet touching 1 million teu in late 2015 – just under 5 percent of the global fleet – decisions need to be taken by lines to remove more vessels and restructure more trade lanes with new operational agreements. Large container vessels no longer guarantee decent profitability; should Asia to North Europe contract rates be signed at an average USD900 per feu for 2016, this equates to an estimated USD1.4 billion loss for the carriers on one trade lane.

    “Comparisons are being made to 2009 when approximately 1.3 million teu was removed from a considerably smaller fleet. The mass scale lay ups were triggered by the fact that lines ran out of cash,” said Neil Dekker, Drewry’s director of container research. “The industry is not there yet as some lines are still making a profit and the very low fuel prices are propping them up. But a further two or three quarters of declining financial profitability may trigger a notable rise in the idle fleet as we enter the second half of 2016.”

    This forecast will cast a greater shadow over the heavy lift and multipurpose shipping sector, which too is struggling in the face of gross overcapacity. As profitability in the container shipping sector continues to dwindle, lines will chase oversize and project cargoes in a bid to arrest the slump.

    Source: Drewry