Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thai air cargo demand drops

Monday, 21 July 2008
Thailand’s Thai Airfreight Forwarders Association (TAFA) says air cargo demand has dropped by 30 per cent this year as customers switch to marine alternatives.

Perishable goods, especially vegetables, fruits and flowers, account for as much as 60 per cent of all air cargo shipments from and to Thailand.

"Exporters of electronic goods to Asian destinations such as Singapore and Hong Kong have turned to marine shipments rather than air to lower their cost," a TAFA spokesman said.

"On some of these routes, the fuel surcharge has become higher than the transport fees."

Statistics prepared by the Thai Air Cargo Business Association (ACBA) showed 137,747 tonnes of cargo were shipped by air out of Bangkok in the first quarter of this year, up slightly from 134,687 tonnes in the same period of 2007. Inbound volume rose to 82,086 tonnes from 74,527 tonnes.

Total outbound and inbound figures in 2007 were 534,319 and 307,490 tonnes respectively, according to ACBA.

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