45-46/2013 All’s well that ends well?
The end of the year is already nighing again, and there is a lot that needs to be done. That’s definitely a good thing! Iata has ascertained a rising trend for the airfreight industry in the past few months. The association’s figures, published on 30 October, show that the cargo business grew by 0.5% in September in comparison with the same month last year. It’s true that this is less than the figure recorded for August (a 3.4% rise), but in absolute numbers airfreight volumes have reached the highest level in the past 25 months. This, says Iata, points to an improvement in the business climate in time for the end of the year – cause for cautious optimism.
Before we can usher in the new year there was another date literally knocking on our doors. I don’t personally care much for the tricks and treats indulged in on All Hallows’ Eve (aka Halloween), the night before All Saints’ Day on 1 November. But for those of us interested in the flow of goods the following figures are of great interest. 62,000 t of pumpkins were harvested in Germany last year, and the USA – one of the countries with a true Halloween tradition – saw almost USD 330 million invested in costumes – for pets, mind you! This clearly represents quite a lot of potential business for the transport and logistics industry. This will not only be conducted in the West, but also in Asia, where trends are frequently happily, eclectically and syncretically adopted.
Such an assessment does not apply to the same extent in Islamic countries. There is other interesting news from those quarters too, as you will see when you leaf through our two Specials in this issue, focusing on Turkey and on Iran & Iraq. If you’re attending one of the two logistics trade fairs taking place in Istanbul in November, then have a good trip, and if not, then enjoy a visit in your mind’s eye with our supplement.
Here’s to good business in the rest of this year!
Head of airfreight