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CargoAi Introduces Groundbreaking Air Freight Load Board for Airlines and Forwarders


CargoAi Introduces Groundbreaking Air Freight Load Board for Airlines and Forwarders

CargoAi, a leading global provider of airfreight technology solutions, is revolutionizing the industry with the launch of its latest innovation: the Air Freight Load Board. This new feature, integrated into CargoAi’s existing marketplace and API solutions, is poised to transform how forwarders and airlines handle spot requests, offering unprecedented ease and efficiency.

The Air Freight Load Board empowers airlines and forwarders by providing access to a comprehensive database of available freight directly through the CargoMART Airline App. Key features of this innovative tool include:

– Seamless Search Functionality: Effortlessly browse through a wide array of available freight listings tailored to specific preferences and requirements.
– Direct Connection: Connect directly with the right contacts, eliminating the need for intermediary communication and expediting the booking process.
– Real-Time Updates: Stay informed with real-time updates on available cargo, ensuring timely decision-making.
– Enhanced Visibility: Gain unparalleled insight into the air freight market, enabling informed decisions and operational optimization.

Matt Petot, CEO at CargoAi, expressed the company’s dedication to innovation and customer value, stating, “At CargoAi, we are committed to driving innovation and delivering unparalleled value to our customers. With the launch of the Air Freight Load Board, we complete our value proposition, allowing forwarders to manage spot requests across airlines while empowering airlines to proactively discover these opportunities.”

The CargoMART Airline App, already widely used by airlines and GSAs, requires no API integration or extensive configuration. After a brief online training, users can seamlessly receive and manage spot requests, aided by augmented data. Additionally, a comprehensive market analysis dashboard provides invaluable insights into market conditions, enabling local sales teams to adjust their strategies effectively.

The Air Freight Load Board is now available to airline users, offering a transformative solution to the challenges of modern air freight logistics. For more information and to experience the future of air freight firsthand, visit today.

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A Prominent Freight Forwarder Faces Impending Layoffs

Just a year ago, Flexport, a technology-forward freight services provider, was rolling. They had raised a significant round of new funding bringing the company’s valuation to $8 billion. Amid the dash to digitize operations at logistics tech startups, Flexport took full advantage of its position in the market. In fact, during the first three quarters of 2021, supply-chain technology startups raised an impressive $24.3 billion. This represented a 58% increase over all of 2020. In short, a boom for the supply-chain tech industry. 

Fast-forward to a year later and the freight forwarder is now cutting 20% of its global workforce. That’s quite a turn of events. Co-chief executives Dave Clark and Ryan Petersen cite falling shipping demand as the principal cause behind the layoff of 600 plus workers. In addition to falling demand, however, improved efficiencies over the operational and organizational levels also resulted in a bloated workforce that was overstaffed. 

Flexport operates across 19 offices and 6 warehouses worldwide. The San Francisco-based company employs just over 3,000 people and has effectively lowered its volume forecasts for 2023. The middle of 2022 was the first sign for many that inflation would be taking a significant toll on consumer demand. Retailers across sectors have been contracting and pulling back from their earlier inventory restocking plans. 

The International Air Transport Association estimated that global airfreight demand contracted by 13.7% last November. The Baltic Air Freight Index (produced by TAC Index Ltd.) revealed airfreight prices worldwide fell 33% over the past year. On the maritime side, US container imports are declining with inbound December 2022 volumes at their lowest since June 2020. Business surged during the pandemic and US freight broker C.H. Robinson Worldwide estimates that too many people had been hired across the larger shipping sector. One of the largest logistics operators, Expeditors International of Washington, just had its earnings estimate lowered in response to a challenging air and ocean-forwarding market. 

Flexport is seeking a more agile future. They will be adding distribution and trucking services that will move the firm more towards a solution-based provider as opposed to just a freight forwarder. They estimate adding up to 400 software engineers to facilitate this shift. Flexport had doubled its revenue in 2021 to an impressive $3.2 billion having moved approximately $19 billion in merchandise across 112 countries. The 2022 revenue estimates were close to $5 billion but have yet to be reported.  




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7LFreight Expands Instant Cargo Pricing and Booking for North American Forwarders Across Both Air and Trucking 

The global supply chain crisis of 2021 and 2022 underscored the business need for real-time and accurate freight decision-making for forwarders and customers. In order to help North American forwarders provide more competitive service, 7LFreight, a Freightos Group company, today announced the launch of real-time cargo rate management and booking of Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) freight within their platform. 

With this development, forwarders of all sizes can step beyond 7LFreight’s leading comprehensive rate procurement across more than 2,500 cartage agents and 100 airlines, to instant bookings across every major North American LTL carrier, including SAIA, Estes, AAA Cooper and more. In addition, 7LFreight helps forwarders extend the convenience to their customers as well, easily adding predetermined markups and allowing customers to rate and book shipments themselves in just minutes.  

The shift from static rate management and quoting to dynamic bookings extends beyond just trucking. 7LFreight already supports real-time eBooking across an industry-leading collection of major airlines including American Airlines, Emirates SkyCargo, Turkish Airlines, LATAM and others, via an integration with WebCargo.  

7LFreight is used by over 10,000 forwarding professionals through a friendly user interface and accessible API. North America has been one of the fastest growing markets for digital eBookings with over a 5x YoY eBooking growth in the region. Forwarders can request a demo for 7LFreight’s freight rate management and booking tool at

About 7LFreight, a Freightos Group Company

7LFreight is a highly effective freight rate management, pricing and booking tool for North American forwarders. With its uncompromising commitment to providing world-class customer service, 7LFreight is used by over 1,250 offices worldwide with over 10,000 transportation professionals relying on 7LFreight as their primary source of rate information. Since its acquisition by the Freightos Group in early 2022 and subsequent integration with WebCargo, air cargo eBookings have been made possible across dozens of airlines, including leaders like American Airlines, Emirates SkyCargo, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airways, and many more. More information is available at 

7LFreight joins WebCargo as a leading platform for live air cargo rate distribution and bookings between hundreds of airlines and 3,500+ forwarders across over 10,000 forwarding offices. Freight forwarders can access dynamic capacity, pricing, and eBooking by signing up for free at 

The Freightos Group also operates, the world’s largest digital freight platform for the trillion-dollar international shipping industry, and the Freightos Baltic Index, the only daily container index, in collaboration with the Baltic Exchange. 

Founded by serial entrepreneur Zvi Schreiber, Freightos is a logistics technology pioneer with a worldwide presence, and has raised over $120 million from leading venture funds, including GE Ventures, Aleph and the Singapore Exchange. In June 2022, Freightos announced that it would merge with GESHER I (Nasdaq: GIAC) with the intent of going public on the Nasdaq (CRGO).

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74% of Freight Forwarders from Asia affirm Market Opportunity for Shipper owned Containers in the Region

The market opportunity for Shipper-owned containers (SOCs) is recognized by 74% of freight forwarders as surveyed by Container xChange. Pudong Prime, a freight forwarder from Asia recently experienced exceptional demand for SOCs from Vietnam. Recognizing the opportunity, Pudong Prime ventured into expanding its market in Vietnam leveraging the digital operational support of Container xChange, an online container logistics platform.

Growth in acceptance for Shipper-owned Containers has been triggered by market uncertainties caused by supply chain crises globally over the past two years. This created a thriving environment for Shipper owned containers globally. Asia developed as a key market for SOCs, according to the analysis by Container xChange.

Pudong Prime, an international freight forwarding company, with a key focus on SOCs, observed that freight forwarders and shippers are increasingly identifying the competitive advantage of SOCs over COCs with their low pick-up charges and D&D charges. 

Commenting on the newfound opportunity in the SOCs market, Wilson Le, Marketing Development Strategy, Pudong Prime said, “We have gained a competitive advantage with SOCs as compared to the high detention charges and equipment shortage associated with COCs. We’ve achieved a cost advantage due to the lower pick-up charges with SOCs compared to COCs.”

Christian Roeloffs, Co-Founder and CEO of Container xChange, said, “The rise in awareness for SOCs shows that industry participants are responding to the supply-chain pressures by diversifying their sourcing strategy. Lack of transparency and standardized digital processes has fueled inefficiency for a very long time in the logistics industry. These struggles are further worse for shipper-owned containers where no carrier takes care of processes. This hinders the adoption of SOCs in the market. With the adoption of digital tools, all of this could be streamlined in a manner that there is a standardized procedure for all users.”

Container xChange has helped Pudong penetrate by simplifying its operations and contributing to a better business flow, explained, Wilson Le Marketing Development Strategy, Pudong Prime, “Our aim was to limit unforeseen situations with SOC operation at both the origin and destination to avoid bad trips. And with Container xChange’s real-time Connect tool we achieved just that and gained more operational control.”

“We were able to proactively connect with numerous affiliated inland depots to coordinate the leasing pick-up and drop-off locations. This reduced many unforeseen errors and setbacks. “, he added.

In half year, Pudong Prime has made 16 new partners and leased 659 containers to 18 locations in North America and Canada and continues to grow the volume of containers leased through the Container xChange platform.

To read the case study further, visit:

About Container xChange   

The container is one of the most impactful innovations in history—using standardization to power globalization and lift billions of people out of poverty. But contrary to the standardized container itself, most processes in container logistics have not been standardized nor innovated — and are still frustratingly complex, manual and error-prone. Combined with thin margins, this makes it difficult for logistics businesses to survive and thrive.

Container xChange is the leading online platform for container logistics that brings together all relevant companies to book and manage shipping containers as well as to settle all related invoices and payments.

The neutral online platform that:

  1. connects supply and demand of shipping containers and transportation services with full transparency on availability, pricing and reputation,
  1. simplifies operations from pickup to drop-off of containers,
  1. and auto-settles payments in real-time for all your transactions to reduce invoice reconciliation efforts and payment costs.

Currently, more than 1500+ vetted container logistics companies trust xChange with their business—and enjoy transparency through performance ratings and partner reviews. Unlike limited personal networks, excel sheets and emails you rely on, Container xChange gives its users countless options to book and manage containers, move faster with confidence and increase profit margins.

About Pudong Prime Vietnam 

Pudong Prime Vietnam has been in the freight logistics game for more than 21 years and remains on the list of the top fifteen freight forwarding companies from Asia to the USA and Canada.

Unlike traditional forwarding companies, Pudong specializes in SOC transportation from main shipping lines. By utilizing these shipping lines’ containers for extended periods, the company provides the necessary storage and long-term container occupation services and addresses the issue of high detention fees.


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Robots Paying the Bills For Freight Forwarders (Vector), the productivity platform for freight forwarders, today announced the introduction of payment integrations; an industry-first, furthering freight forwarders’ ability to automate their operations and free up their human workforce.

These integrations bring together Vector’s AI workflows, financial payments, automated accrual reconciliation and sleek workflow interface to empower freight forwarders with an ability to pay the creditors much faster, reducing goods clearing times.

Vector customers will have a live view of which payments need to be made and will be able to simply press a button to clear them all from the Vector application, automating every step of the payment process. Users will be able to select which financing solution is right for their circumstances or set up custom rules from a variety of financial partners to automate much of the decision-making.

When it comes to paying back financiers, these accruals will be reconciled against the original invoice, maintaining a holistic view of payments at all times and providing a deeper visibility into a forwarder’s financial health as well as actionable insights applicable to future bookings.

Customers will have access to an advanced ecosystem of payment partners that can be configured at the creditor level, enabling the user to simply click the ‘pay’ button. Automatic reconciliation will transfer accruals to ‘posted’ and then ‘paid’ when the user presses the ‘pay’ button.

Vector’s platform will scan documents and automatically add any accruals for transaction fees into CargoWise TMS against the shipment with the correct creditor code. Users can keep track of their payments through Vector’s sleek and easy-to-use workflow interface that manages your finances via an inbox with all pending payments, payment statuses and tracking, and cash flow monitoring at a company or shipment level.

The 360 degree payment capabilities will work seamlessly with Vector’s existing suite of financial capabilities such as AP invoice sortation, instant payments and centralized finance communication.

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In the ‘Age of Disruption’, Shippers are on the Hunt for “Elastic” Freight Forwarders

The freight forwarding industry is at something of a crossroads. In the ‘age of disruption,’ shippers need freight forwarders that enable “elastic” operations—the ability to rapidly scale operations up and down in response to market conditions. Basically, companies with “inelastic” operations aren’t responding quickly enough to either disruptions OR rising demand, adding further stress to a gridlocked supply chain.

Freight forwarding has always been a manually intensive business, so it’s almost never scaled effectively. There’s long been a linear connection between bringing on new shippers and the need to hire enough staff to service those customers. This has only been exacerbated by the challenges facing the industry today that wreak havoc on supply and demand; the continued three-year disruption from COVID-19, the Russia-Ukraine War and…. well honestly whatever happens next.

This environment has also resulted in more demand for durable goods and imports which means mechanically more work—and more scaling complications—for freight forwarders.

So how can forwarders look to the future? How can they seize opportunities to scale with the needs of their shippers and, ultimately, serve their shipper customers more effectively?

With the current labor market so constrained and with geopolitical and natural events firing shockwave after shockwave into the system, those are the questions every forwarder should be addressing.

Hiring smartly is part of the answer. The industry would benefit from an influx of ambitious young recruits, but the reality is that there is stiff competition for talent and the nature of forwarding requires expertise and training that takes six months or more before an individual is fully operational. Once trained, retention is an increasing challenge. .

Ultimately, the conversation has to not only turn to technology, but revolve around it.

The most innovative forwarders are actively examining which legacy processes, powered by manual operations, can now be performed – or at least scaled – with technology. They are seeking smarter ways to streamline operational workflows in order to unlock their ability to win more business and still continue to deliver outstanding service.

If forwarders can identify those manual process roadblocks, and then figure out the right tech to implement and simplify – traditional forwarders can become more digital and scalable than was ever thought possible.

Here’s a fantastic example: Team workflows around customs declarations . The status quo of high volumes of emails and PDFs bouncing between inboxes, a spaghetti of complex information to untangle and inconsistent best practices means that a customs broker has now effectively become a knowledge worker. A broker can spend countless hours preparing a declaration, chasing key information, manually keying into systems and reconciling against shipment data to ensure the right actions are performed at the right time to keep a shipment moving and penalty free.

Technology now exists that can understand, triage and act on this data like never before. Machine learning – which is designed  to understand the human interactions that drive knowledge work – is uniquely positioned to meaningfully impact the forwarding industry, provided it is harnessed correctly. Smart automation, built on a foundation of machine learning, can enable operators to process shipments more quickly and with more certainty for their customers.

Automating these processes isn’t a pipedream, either. That technology exists in a robust form today and it’s being adopted by forwarders who have their eye on what the future of the industry looks like. Not a future 25 years off, but rather the next three to five years. The benefit to such forward-thinking forwarders is that operations teams can finally decouple their linear relationship between headcount and customer count. They can dramatically decrease their biggest cost line item – operational cost per shipment – and by bringing their intangible manual operations into the digital realm, they can realistically provide insights into their operations to their shippers.

Technology deployment that achieves elastic operations resonates with shippers. With the lens of these uncertain times, shippers are becoming pickier and savvier about finding strategic partners who prove they know how to handle the volatility of these times, and who can build more resilient and flexible supply chains.

These modern, savvy shippers want to work with forwarders who have the right tools to future- proof their own operations and that can deploy the right technology stack to scale their capacity and evolve with the market.

If you’re a forwarder, you’ll need to demonstrate that to shippers. If you can’t, well—they’ll find a forwarder that can.

About the Author

James Coombes is the co-founder and CEO of, an automated operating system for freight. From bookings to accounts payable workflows, aims to fully automate the shipment lifecycle. Coombes has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Imperial College London and an MPA from Harvard University.

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CargoAi Is Announcing An Exciting New Partnership with Air Cargo Inc.

CargoAi is happy to announce a new strategic partnership with Air Cargo Inc., the oldest and largest network of Air Freight cartage agents providing first and last mile services to the Air Cargo Industry North America since 1941. This collaboration is designed to grow both companies’ ability to deliver to their customers the most innovative and advanced way of managing their shipments through CargoAi’ freight forwarding solution.

Driven by the passion for building upon and expanding by providing information, service and value, ACI offers an optimized-to-date booking experience of first and last-mile transportation to freight forwarders and air carriers in US and Canada.

A Partnership to Improve Customer Experience

To help its customers, CargoAi is partnering with Air Cargo Inc. to provide freight forwarders and their customers with real-time visibility.  The synergy between the two companies allows for mutual cross integration of the two platforms that will enrich customer experience on both ends by providing visibility on multimodal shipments across the globe.

This partnership will allow ACI’s customers to access CargoAi’s freight forwarding solution, and, CargoAi’s customers will have access to ACI’s platform.

Innovating to help freight forwarders and their customers

CargoAi’s platform enables real-time visibility, predictive ETAs, and the ability to assess route viability and performance. The CargoAi platform will allow existing and ACI’s customers to access air and ground services and get up-to-date and accurate information on their shipments through a single platform.

“We are delighted to announce this partnership and continue in our commitment to make real-time visibility and industry standard. We are certain that this partnership will help to provide a better level of customer experience for Air Cargo Inc and CargoAi customers,” added Matthieu Petot, CEO of CargoAi.

CargoAi is currently in use by over 5000+ forwarders as well as multiple airlines in 102 countries. These airlines include:

Air Canada CargoIAGEtihadTAPFinnair and many more

Air Cargo Inc.’s 2700 freight forwarders would be able to access CargoAi’s digital freight forwarding platform, just to be valued customers. Simply click this link to create a free account and you’ll get access to rates and perform eBooking and eQuote from more than 60 airlines.

CargoAi customers can open a free account with ACI by clicking here.

About CargoAi

Launched in 2019, CargoAi is on a mission to bring the best available technologies to airfreight. Cloud native and with an API-first architecture, the company is closing the technology gap and driving the enablement of an efficient and connected airfreight ecosystem.

CargoAi offers a complete range of digital air cargo solutions to freight forwarders, airlines and GSAs, including a SaaS booking application available either as a marketplace and under White Label, an API Suite that integrates directly into TMS and ERP systems, an AI-powered Cargo Business Intelligence as well as an integrated Sustainability solution that spans the entire portfolio.

Using the CargoAi solutions, forwarders are empowered to drive every stage of the air freight procurement process with greater efficiency and visibility- from planning, booking, and executing shipments right through to monitoring cargo deliveries. The gains in efficiency, customer reach and business opportunities directly translate to top and bottom-line impact for carrier partners.

The airfreight’s largest AI-powered ecosystem was selected in the Gartner Cool vendor in Supply Chain Execution Technologies, 2021. CargoAi is headquartered in Singapore with teams in all continents. For more information about CargoAi, visit

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Air Freight Market Update

Many freight forwarders are showing a continued growth trajectory for air freight shipping. Perhaps it is a sign of the times, as shippers are continuing to use different strategies to work around persistent and significant supply chain disruption. To keep high-priority shipments moving, shippers have, at times, been choosing air over ocean in recent years.

However, overall demand for air freight dropped slightly in January this year, which may have shippers wondering – does this mean we may start to see demand and capacity levels regulate? Will air freight no longer be as necessary this year? The short answer is no, not anytime soon. In fact, demand for air freight is forecast to increase this year amidst significant capacity constraints and continued high depend for goods along with the need for inventory replenishment. While demand did drop early 2022, air freight will continue to be a key strategy for shippers.


For Many, A New and Necessary Strategy

A January 2022 C.H. Robinson customer research study confirmed that a significant number of shippers are using new strategies to manage through continued disruption, which has included a shift of more freight from ocean to air. Specifically, 52% leveraged new modes, ports, or trade lanes during the pandemic that they plan to continue using in 2022. And, over a quarter of shippers (28%) say that a top strategy was transporting freight by air that had previously been by ocean.

Interestingly, many have said shifting strategies has been a silver lining to the pandemic, with 44% of shippers reporting that one of the positive outcomes of the past year and a half is that they used new transportation strategies they hadn’t in the past, creating more choices for their business.

We continue to see interest from our customers in charter flights and ocean-to-air conversions, especially for moving high-priority freight such as we did for a customer moving emergency COVID-19 test kits when Omicron surged in January. Additionally, high tech and heavy industries such as automotive have leaned on air freight to help catch up with demand and mitigate high levels of disruption.

An Alternative to Ocean Port Congestion

Continued uncertainty in ocean shipping is likely to continue motivating ocean-to-air conversions. Port congestion is still causing significant delays, with vessels sitting at anchor for days waiting to berth. Global schedule reliability is at its lowest recorded level since 2011.

We’re advising shippers to consider the estimated average delays in vessel schedules (7-30 days depending on the port) and add them to the overall expected transit time to ensure proper planning to meet delivery schedules. In addition, long anchor times outside U.S. ports will cause vessels to be late on their return to Asia.

While the ongoing congestion at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, specifically, has resolved a bit in recent weeks, inventory is still backed up in transit from trans-Pacific routes. Additionally, trans-Pacific routes coming from China will continue to operate at a high level of variability due to stringent COVID-19 protocols, leaving shipments vulnerable to more delays.

In general, to help mitigate these issues, we’re advising shippers to move ocean freight two to three months in advance of normal timelines as opposed to the traditional 4-5 weeks. But, in cases where that isn’t possible, air freight can be a helpful alternative to keep shipments moving.

Latest Air Market Trends

As shippers consider air, it’s important to stay updated on trends that will affect capacity and pricing. While recovery times at airports remain elevated relative to pre-COVID-19 conditions, there are fewer extreme delays. However, throughout March and into Q2, global demand for air freight is expected to creep up and congestion will likely return.

Globally, the return of passenger flights has been slow and inconsistent. Surges in the COVID-19 Omicron variant continue, and markets with stricter policies are putting downward pressure on air capacity. That said, lowering of travel restrictions in some key markets may lead to capacity additions. It’s also important to consider using surface transportation when an outbreak arises, with past unforeseen shutdowns, C.H. Robinson has helped multiple companies shift their freight to another airport via truckload to keep their freight moving.

Tips for Next Steps

Overall, as shippers continue trying to navigate disruption and decide how best to move freight, here are some of the most impactful ways we’re seeing them find success:

-Seek creative solutions – Consider what different modes, trade lanes, or inland transportation strategies can keep shipments moving. It might be something new.

-Use information and technology – Find tools that provide timely market updates, visibility into shipments, and the predictability needed to know when to adjust.

-Closely communicate and collaborate with supply chain partners – Especially in this kind of market, it’s good to have a partner that can provide a range of options from global forwarding to surface transportation to customs and more. Working closely together, you and can better understand challenges coming from all sides be able to quickly adapt to changing circumstances.

To help stay updated on market trends and how they will impact capacity and pricing, check out the monthly updates on our Global Freight Market Insights page.

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Sustainability continues to underscore operations and initiatives in logistics. Last year, the industry saw even more attention on reducing carbon emissions, specifically for airfreight transportation–from commercial airliners to leading logistics companies. As seen with the maritime industry with IMO 2020, reducing the overall carbon footprint is the primary goal, but the logistics industry is taking a piecemeal approach to cover all bases. Notable companies linking arms to fight the issue of carbon emissions in the airfreight logistics sector include DHL, Yusen Logistics, Bollore Logistics and, of course, CEVA Logistics. In April 2021, CEVA Logistics announced its position on the issue through the joining of United Airlines’ Eco-Skies Alliance as an official partner (along with the other aforementioned companies). 

Known for being the world’s leading supply chain management organization headquartered in Marseille, France, CEVA is no stranger to stepping up in the name of sustainability. As part of parent company CMA CGM Group’s mission, CEVA is committed to acting for people, the planet and responsible trade–and that’s exactly what the logistics company is accomplishing through initiatives such as switching to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), for example. Not only does this move support the Group’s mission, but it also supports collaboration along the supply chain. 

“One long-term benefit and advantage of SAF is that it is a concrete opportunity for shippers, freight forwarders and carriers to work together to improve the air freight industry,” explains Peter Penseel, chief operating officer of Air Freight at CEVA Logistics. “This type of collaboration can extend beyond SAF and environmental topics to ones like safety. As an example, we were recently the first company to receive IATA’s new CEIV Lithium Certification for the safe air transport of lithium batteries, so we’re encouraging other industry participants, whether freight forwarders, ground handlers, or carriers, to support this important safety topic as well.”

The leaders behind the CEVA mission capitalize on what can be done now to reduce problems for the future. This proactive approach differentiates the business from competitors while creating a competitive advantage for customers. This serves as a primary driver behind the CMA CGM Group’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

“The Group aims at becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 and is significantly investing in research and development to help the emergence of future energy sources and technologies to reduce the impact of transport and logistics on the planet,” Penseel adds. “Encouraging the use of SAF in air transport is a direct outflow of this corporate commitment. Whether or not SAF is the long-term answer in air freight logistics, CEVA is taking tangible action today, with an eye on the solutions of tomorrow.”

What some logistics organizations might misunderstand that CEVA does not is the critical blending of customer needs and environmental needs. And in the modern world, it seems all players in the logistics arena are feeling the pressure to support sustainability more now than ever.

“Reducing emissions in the supply chain requires alignment with customers,” said Penseel. “We work alongside them to offer and encourage the right products and services, including alternative fuel options. We must embark on this journey together with a common vision and roadmap. To that end, we are a part of the Sustainable Air Freight Alliance (SAFA), which advocates for responsible transportation. The organization is made up of shipping companies, airlines and freight forwarders that are committed to measuring and reducing their carbon dioxide emissions.”

These changes do not come without their own set of unique challenges, however. Penseel adds that the current infrastructure landscape poses specific roadblocks that could potentially impede progress in the pursuit of carbon neutrality, warning that careful planning and collaboration along each step of the shipping process is critical and shouldn’t be compromised. 

As an air freight industry, we need to be conscious of the production and infrastructure capacities for SAF,” he says. “As we ramp up the use of this alternative fuel, we need to ensure that we can deliver on our commitments. If the industry offers more SAF options, we need to work closely with the entire upstream environment to ensure the needed supply and infrastructure will be there to meet the demand we as an industry are creating.

“Estimating carbon footprint and planning accordingly is the first step toward a more sustainable supply chain. For example, we offer an eco-calculator on our website and through our MyCEVA digital booking platform to estimate the logistics carbon footprint of a shipment via ocean, air, or ground.”

Looking to the future, CEVA has more carbon-neutral tricks up its sleeve. Penseel confirmed the organization is currently discussing additional SAF options and programs with numerous air carriers to confront and resolve near-term environmental concerns. 

2022 has officially greeted the industry with CEVA taking it by the horns with customer and environmental needs at the forefront of its dedicated solutions. The organization capped off 2021 with its latest acquisition of Ingram Micro’s Commerce & Lifestyle Services business, representing another feather in the CMA CGM Group’s hat in the ecommerce planning and omnichannel sectors, further positioning them as leaders in all things shipping and supporting the goal of becoming a name among the top five global third-party logistics players. 

“The acquisition of Ingram Micro CLS is strategic for the CMA CGM Group,” Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, said in a December release. “After completing its turnaround this year, our subsidiary CEVA Logistics will accelerate its development and join the world’s top four in contract logistics.”

Customers can continue to look forward to maximizing their opportunities in meeting their own customer needs while playing an active role in contributing to a cleaner, greener and more eco-friendly way of conducting business. 

“We look to help our customers make the best decisions when planning their logistics and freight transport operations to reduce environmental impact as they balance the business and timing needs of their supply chain processes and shipments,” Penseel concludes. 

To learn more about CEVA Logistics, please visit


Peter Penseel is chief operating officer at CEVA Logistics.



As 2022 unfolds, the pandemic-driven supply chain crunch is showing little sign of relenting. U.S. imports are at record highs and ports are clogged with ships waiting to enter and containers waiting to be emptied. Throngs of workers are off sick with the Omicron variant, severe winter weather is disrupting numerous transportation routes, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) contract negotiations are on the doorstep. Given the current state of affairs, and with the latest forecasts pointing to persistent supply chain bottlenecks, companies involved in international trade should focus on building supply chain resilience to weather the storm long-term.


With a strong economy, declining unemployment rate (3.9% in December), and limited opportunity to spend their money on services (e.g., travel, events, restaurants) due to COVID restrictions, consumers are buying more durable and non-durable goods: think flat screen TVs for Netflix bingeing, furniture for the home office, and more kitchen appliances and groceries to cook at home instead of dining out.

Personal expenditures on goods remain high, increasing by 0.1% in December 2021, according to the latest U.S. Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) data. As Omicron spreads like wildfire across the country and service businesses grapple with staff shortages and new restrictions, consumer spending will continue to flow away from experience-based expenditures towards the purchase of tangible goods.

With consumers clamoring for products, retailers are still contending with availability issues, as reflected in the worrisome inventory-to-sales ratio of 1.07 (October 2021, latest update). According to FRED, this problematic ratio is tied with April 2021 as the lowest since the start of the pandemic—not good news for retailers facing aggressive consumer demand and empty shelves.


The intense consumer demand for goods is one of the most significant drivers of high import volumes and the resulting global shipping challenges. While container import volumes declined in December compared to December 2020 and December 2019, volumes still broke records. According to U.S. import data, volumes increased 1% and 25%, respectively. In fact, year-over-year 2021 container import volumes were 18% higher than 2020 and 22% higher than 2019.

Source: Descartes Datamyne™

The record import volumes, coupled with driver shortages and a U.S. workforce crippled by the Omicron wave, continue to wreak havoc at the ports. Despite lower import volumes in December, port delays worsened, according to analysis from Descartes Datamyne™.

Delays reached staggering heights—Port of Los Angeles (15.1 days), Port of Long Beach (15.6 days), Port of New York/New Jersey (11.7 days)—and the number of ships waiting to dock and unload increased in tandem. As of January 7, 2021, there were 105 ships waiting to enter the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, up from 96 at the start of December 2021.

Notably, in response to problematic port delays, importers and LSPs are accelerating their shift away from the large West Coast ports. In fact, the Port of New York/New Jersey processed the most containers in December.

Source: Descartes Datamyne


The pandemic continues to leave uncertainty in its wake, dashing hopes for a fast recovery from the supply chain chaos. Importers, LSPs, and ports are contending with record numbers of the labor force away sick or self-isolating. This is greatly impacting the ability to get goods into the hands of consumers—from electronics to beef and everything in between.

In the U.S., manufacturers are bracing for the impact of renewed lockdowns underway in China. As the country attempts to keep the Omicron variant from taking hold, its zero-tolerance policy may trigger another round of shutdowns at Chinese factories and ports, leading to further supply chain disruptions and constraining the ability of supply chains to recover.

At least 20 million people (~1.5% of China’s population) are in lockdown and the Hong Kong airport has initiated a month-long suspension of transit flights from approximately 150 “high-risk” countries; Volkswagen and Toyota have temporarily suspended their operations in the port city of Tianjin due to lockdowns. This “Omicron effect” will continue to exacerbate pressure on an already-taxed global supply chain in the near term.

Even as countries recover from the latest coronavirus variant wave, they will be under enormous pressure to simultaneously catch up on previous trade flows while trying to meet new demand—creating a whiplash effect on global logistics, as monthly TEUs swing dramatically between high and low volumes moving through the supply chain.


If consumer behavior in 2022 mirrors 2021, the demand for goods and the associated logistics services to get them to market will stay at elevated levels through 2022, extending the supply chain capacity crunch and forcing stakeholders to adapt to the new normal. What steps can manufacturers, retailers, and LSPs take to mitigate risk moving forward?

In the short-term, importers and LSPs should track the spread of COVID variants to understand their path and the impact on critical parts of the supply chain. Companies should focus on keeping and nurturing the supply chain resources they have, especially drivers, and prioritize shipping higher-velocity and higher-margin goods to maximize profitability in the face of shipping capacity constraints. In addition, by considering alternate ports, such as eastern or inland ports, companies can hedge their bets against upcoming ILWU contract negotiations.

Shippers should also explore the possibility of shifting the movement of goods to less congested transportation lanes, or using alternative lanes into the U.S. (e.g., entry via northern and southern borders), to improve supply chain velocity and reliability. While total transit time is an important metric, supply chain predictability is a valuable attribute in the face of pandemic-driven volatility.

Thinking long-term, companies should evaluate the location density of their suppliers and factories to mitigate reliance on over-taxed trade lanes. While density does create economies of scale, the pandemic and subsequent logistics capacity crisis has highlighted the downside and inherent risks of this approach.


With months of shipping backlogs, labor shortages, and increased consumer demand for goods taking their toll on importers, LSPs and ports alike, companies must implement strategies that build resilience into their supply chains. From shifting to more resilient inventory models (i.e., saying goodbye to just-in-time) to leveraging global trade intelligence solutions to determine the most expedient and cost-effective routes and modes of transport, organizations can take steps to evolve their operations to better manage shipping challenges, mitigate supply chain risks, and protect their business from costly disruptions.