FedEx has launched four new intercontinental flights starting from China, offering Asia-Pacific businesses additional capacity of almost 1,400 tons every week, and enhanced service to major cities in North America, Asia and Europe.
Following the launch of a new flight between Beijing and Anchorage, FedEx has added three other flights connecting Guangzhou to North America and Europe.
'China continues its momentum in facilitating global economic recovery,' said FedEx China vice president Eddy Chan. 'The new flights not only increase the competitiveness of Chinese companies, but also propel international exports from this region.'
In the first half of the year, China's total trade surged 27.1 per cent year on year to reach CNY18.07 trillion (US$2.8 trillion), with imports increasing 25.9 per cent exports up 28.1 per cent, according to data from the General Administration of Customs.
Looking ahead, the peak season - which runs from October to December - may see freight capacity shortage, one source warned, as global transport capacity remains limited when work and operations in many other countries have not returned to normality.
Shenzhen's SF International said that the hottest routes at present are from East China and South China to North America, and they usually require booking one week in advance.
'Recently, the rate for cargo from China to the US increased by five yuan per kilogramme, but rates on routes from China to Europe and Southeast Asia did not change,' the company said.