The Air Cargo Supply Chain

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The Air Cargo Supply Chain
Roland Spijker
When a demand on one place is supplied from another place with air transport as the main transport mode, an air cargo supply chain will be compiled. Air transport is relatively expensive, but often the fastest mode of transport available to cover medium to long distances. Therefor typical air cargo consists of goods with a high value and/or an operationally or commercially critical delivery time (high financial breakdown risk):
  • Airmail, diplomatic mail
  • Live animals, hatching eggs, human organs, human remains, medical supplies
  • Express parcels
  • Perishables (food, flowers, dry-ice shipments)
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Valuables (money, gold bars, diamonds)
  • Technical supplies (high tech, oil & gas, aerospace, automotive, ship spares)
  • Luxury consumer goods (electronics, fashion goods, accessories)
A typical air cargo supply chain consists of the following steps:
  • Shipping
  • Forwarding out
  • Air Transport
  • Forwarding in
  • Consignment


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