Our global team is working hard to continue operations as normal. Following the recent announcements of an extended New Year holiday we have applied contingency plans that allow our colleagues in China to work from home, and managers are in daily contact with their team.

We expect supply chains to be affected as manufacturing is halted further, and staff will be unable to attend work. This will also affect truckers, cargo handlers, warehouse operators etc. The knock on affect is likely to be a surge in air pricing as the back log of orders mount due to delayed production, and the demand for air freight will increase to bridge the gap.

The good news is we are planning with our customers to identify priority orders and products to forward plan as much as possible.  By looking at new routing options that may include road/air services, sea-air services and other deferred air services, we will be able to help you keep your supply chain moving.

For more information about our air freight services click here or email sales@ligentia.com

Source: Air Cargo News 29/01/19

The air cargo industry is bracing itself for the impact of measures taken to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus in China. Overnight, British Airways announced that it would suspend all direct flights to and from mainland China, with others expected to follow.

United Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Air Canada are amongst the other airlines that had already announced plans to reduce flight numbers.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has extended the New Year holiday – a time when production in the country comes to a halt – by at least three days, until February 3.

Businesses in the Jiangsu province, which includes Shanghai, have been ordered to remain closed through to February 10.

And the vast majority of flights into and out of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, were stopped last week.

It isn’t yet clear what impact this could have on air cargo, although supply chains are expected to be hit, with bellyhold air cargo capacity already reduced.

Meanwhile, there has been some suggestion that there could be a surge in demand when factories re-open.

Did you know that each and every day, there are 20 million parcels sent by air cargo, weighing over 140,000 tonnes in total. Plus 657 million packages and 898 million letters. Air Cargo is more diverse than you might expect with 1.1M smartphones being transported, 80,000 flowers and even 200 race horses.*

Here at Ligentia we’re playing our part in this busy sector, offering customers 24/7 Air Services to support customers when time is of the essence in getting their goods from A to B.

Our Air Division was created in 2014 in response to our customers’ requirements for multi-modal services.  We began with 30,000 sq/ft of bonded warehousing in Heathrow and within 6 months we’d added in additional facilities in Manchester.

Now with a substantial and expert team of staff on the ground working seamlessly together in both of these locations, we’re able to support customers with quick and efficient handing of their cargo –that is ‘cleared’ within our facility.

Many of the goods we handle also benefit from our pre-retail services, being palletised down to SKU level to meet onward distribution centre requirements.  With e-Comms growing at 20-30% year-on-year, Ligentia is experiencing increasing demand for these kinds of services from customer organisations across multiple sectors and encompassing everything from the most established retail players, through to entrepreneurial start-ups.

Our Air Division is also going from strength-to-strength at other key global locations – demonstrating the reach and coverage of this super-efficient service.  We currently have live consolidation hub projects in Dubai as well as growing our Air Freight provision into Australia as market trends across the world continue to impact trade lane demand. Intra-Asia business is another growth hotspot as is South Africa.  Closer to home, we are also seeing an increase in the volume of UK air business we’re supporting out of our Bristol and Glasgow thanks to the focus and dedication of our branch teams on the ground.

Global Air Freight Director, Lee Alderman Davis comments, ‘Changes in consumer behaviour are fuelling the popularity of Air Freight services, which is driving growth in our own business.  The team in Ligentia’s Air Freight Division really embrace the challenge.  They work together as one, often going above and beyond to make sure that every detail is taken care of for our customers and goods arrive reliably and always on time, when speed of delivery really matters.’

In addition to e-Comm services, Ligentia also operates Aircraft On Ground (AOG) services, providing expedited services for parts to airlines and other industries where 24/7, rapid response international freight enables a business-critical operational response.  Beyond this Ligentia is also expanding its support to non-retail sectors, involving high value products that require the care, speed and security of delivery that Air Freight can provide.  Sectors including communication, hi-tech and electronics are all benefiting from the responsiveness and agility of Air Freight services from Ligentia.

*source: IATA, The Value of Air Cargo