Due to fluctuating airfreight capacities out of China and Southeast Asia, an increasing number of customers are demanding alternative solutions via combined air and cross-birder road transport, states Cargo-Partner.
The company has introduced a new solution from China to Europe and the USA via Hanoi. Luca Ferrara, CEO Asia Pacific, Western Europe & Americas at Cargo-Partner, Said: “Due to the current capacity backlogs for airfreight out of China, bookings need to be placed at least one week in advance. Even then, there is a risk that shipments will be offloaded and postponed to the next available flight, which could easily delay a shipment by an additional week.”
With the new land-air service via the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, Cargo-Partner says it provides a convenient alternative to direct flights out of China. The combined land-air solution comes with total transit times of around 8-10 days, including road transport from China to Hanoi, air transport from Hanoi to Europe or the USA, and delivery to the final destination. The option is available for large shipments from 3,000 kg upward and allows for more stable and competitive rates than direct airfreight.
Another country repeatedly been affected by capacity backlogs in airfreight is Myanmar. “In recent months, we have been faced with limited airfreight space out of Myanmar, with lead times of up to four weeks from booking to lift-off,” Ferrara recounts.
The Cargo-Partner service involves trucking from Myanmar to Thailand within 2-4 days, airfreight from Thailand to Europe or the USA within 2-3 days, and on-carriage to the final destination within 1-2 days. In addition, Cargo-Partner handles all customs formalities at borders and airports.
“This solution allows us to offer our customers a more flexible option for their urgent airfreight shipments, with stable rates all year round,” Ferrara added.