Drewry: Shippers consider planes on the US West Coast

Problems on the US East Coast have now reached a scope that makes several shippers consider using air cargo transport instead of ships. "A costly reminder," says Drewry in an analysis.

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A growing number of shippers are now opting to have their commodities transported on planes, as they can no longer trust carriers' schedule reliability in ports on the US West Coast, according to an analysis by Drewry.

"World air cargo growth has for a number of years lagged behind container shipping growth due to a combination of factors, including higher demand for commodities that are typically shipped by ocean freight, faster growth at the low-value end of commodities such as T-shirts that reduces air cargo’s overall share and finally the sea conversion of “mature” products," says the analyst agency.

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