Specialists needed for time-critical air cargo, NAP tells conference
NOT all forwarders, brokers and carriers can handle the specialised logistics needed for time critical air freight, according to Neutral Air Partner (NAP) chief executive Christos Spyrou, despite practically every shipment being time critical amid the rise of e-commerce
11 October 2019 - 19:00
Mr Spyrou made the comment at the Time Critical Logistics Conference in Amsterdam organised by NAX 24/7, a division of NAP, that was attended by 100 delegates from across the global air cargo supply chain.
Also speaking at the event was Charlotte Willoughby of Volga Dnepr Group, who talked about the range of specialised aircraft available for any type of charter, including those aircraft designed for rough landing conditions and self-handling, which are particularly suitable in cases of natural disasters as they also rely on time critical shipments.
Mourad Aoun from Net Critical highlighted the challenge of handling clinical trial projects where errors cannot be tolerated ?not only for human trials but also for animal material. This business can be very technical and correct packaging is vital to the success of each operation, reported London's Air Cargo News.
Priority Freight specialises in the automotive industry with its representative Santiago Tejedo acknowledging 'that a failure to deliver vital parts in automotive assembly can cost vast amounts of money'.
Peter Orange from GAC Marine Logistics confirmed that most urgent ship parts are transported by air freight and that door-to-deck emergency delivery is vital.
Reto Hunziker from the Chapman Freeborn group explained how the company can handle any kind of shipment including time sensitive items such as humanitarian relief flights, live animal shipments, musical groups and orchestras and sports event equipment, all of which demand on time delivery.
Said Turkish Cargo's Turhan Ozen: 'Nearly all products such as fashion and life science products all have a limited life and as such are vital time critical shipments.'
New developments in helping speed up urgent deliveries were also discussed at the conference.
CharterSync, a company launched this year by two experienced pilots, Ed Gillett and Simon Watson, utilises the extensive data available online to locate suitable aircraft for worldwide charters. Jonas van Stekelenburg is developing a system to identify and use empty baggage hold capacity on passenger aircraft to enable cargo to jump the queue when time is really critical.
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