As another very eventful year draws to a close, we wish to take this opportunity to thank our readers for their interest, our advertisers for their support and all those who contributed
articles and their views in CargoForwarder Global during 2018.
We are proud of the fact that our regular subscriber list now totals almost 30,000 - many thanks for your support.
It has in many respects proven to be a very turbulent and interesting year.
The air cargo industry has seen many changes, as well as ups-and-downs.
Although by year end, we may see that the general cargo flow will have tapered off somewhat compared to the previous year - we can still look back on positive developments and indicators during 2018.
Luckily the price of oil has dropped considerably, and this will hopefully turn out to be a benefit for the airlines in the coming year.
However, some indicators show that maybe the growth of the air cargo market may soften somewhat in 2019. IATA’s market update predicts only a 3.7% increase in volumes in 2019 compared to 4.1% for this year. Still not bad, so long as the yields hold steady.
The e-commerce traffic development in 2018 has proven to be a future indicator as to which direction the air cargo industry will have to adjust itself in the future.
There is much to be achieved in this respect and all players in the supply chain will, we think, have to become even more active in order to keep abreast with this movement.
If not - some will miss out altogether!
The world’s political scene is in many areas in turmoil and not encouraging, both for harmony and the economy.
There are now too many negative movements which leads one to think that as a worldwide community we are drifting farther apart and that isolation and polarisation will become commonplace take us completely in the wrong direction.
Many will say the general economic picture is “not bad.” But, as those of us who are somewhat older know, this can be brutally deceiving as nations continue to drift more and more apart and human values and the willingness to discuss instead of reacting are not considered important anymore by some of our leaders.
The negative impact on world trade could be disastrous.
We at CargoForwarder Global look however positively towards the coming twelve months and we will continue to do our utmost in giving our readers Actual, Analytical and Professional air cargo updates. As in the past, we promise that Investigative Journalism remains as being part of our genes also in 2019.
CFG will take a short Christmas break and be back online “between the years” by end December.
We all join in wishing you and your families a peaceful and harmonious festive season as well as all the very best of good health and success for the coming year.
Your CFG Team