The airfreight market in Germany is currently weakening. The ADV reports that the amount of freight transported in the first quarter of this year fell by 2% to 1.18 million tons.
The strongest growth – both in absolute and in percentage terms – was at the Hahn Airport with a plus of 3.4%, or 724,000 tons of freight.
Amongst the large airports, Cologne/Bonn saw the biggest fall for the first quarter with 4.3% less freight. At Lufthansa Cargo’s annual press conference, Peter Gerber described this development as a slump in the market (caused by uncertainty over trade disputes between China and the USA, the ongoing Brexit drama and possible punitive customs measures by the USA), but one that nevertheless seems likely to be short-term in nature, because there are large trends that run in the opposite direction: global population growth and the associated increase in demand for goods, as well as rising incomes, all of which should give airfreight a boost in the years ahead.
The never ending story: Brexit! No deal, leaving on the 12th of April, further discussions. At the start of April it still seems that there are many possibilities. Time, above all in case of no deal, is getting ever tighter. With the possible exit of Great Britain from the customs union, there arise many challenges for your supply chain.