Forwarders take back control as shipping-airlines flourish in buoyant market

06 Feb, 2022

Forwarders are increasingly taking control of their air freight needs through long-term charter deals.

Last week, Atlas Air announced that Flexport would take a third 747 in September as the list of forwarders securing long-term air capacity gets longer - DB Schenker, DSV, Geodis and many others announcing deals.

It is not, maintain some observers, simply a function of low capacity and frighteningly high spot rates; some argue it is because airlines have failed to offer them the solutions they need and they can no longer risk shipper disappointment.

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