Air freight to South America - Interview with Route Manager Oliver Krautter

Quick Cargo Service has a long-standing focus on air cargo to South America and offers weekly allocations to South America

Favorable air freight rates to South America - our destinations.

  • Sao Paulo (SAO)
  • Mexico City (MEX)
  • Lima (LIM
  • Bogota (BOG)
  • Guarulhos (GRU)

Quick Cargo old hand Oliver Krautter has been working for QCS for 20 years, started in the export department, soon changed to the sales department and shortly after took over the management of the branch office in Stuttgart. Also internationally, Mr. Krautter is one of the trademarks of QCS worldwide. One focus of the branch office in Baden-Württemberg is among others the freight business to South America. Here the Station Manager & Route Manager Oliver Krautter in an interview.

Why should you use Quick Cargo Service to handle your freight to or from South America?

For one reason, you should choose us for cost efficiency: We have extremely attractive rates - well below market rates. We have blocked-space on our allocations to South America and have control over a weekly cargo space of 25 tons to Latin America on various airlines.

Quick Cargo has built up excellent contacts with the airlines over the past XNUMX years, and especially now during the pandemic we are benefiting even more from our close partnerships. We coordinate space optimally and reliably in close consultation with the airlines.

 What has changed in particular in the freight business to and from South America over the past two decades?

The business has become increasingly fast-moving, and the frequency of trading has increased. In the past, there were only fixed contract rates on which to load, but now this has widely changed to a large ad hoc market. Those who do not buy sufficient capacity in advance have great difficulty booking cargo space at this time due to the reduced number of flights on offer.

What are the biggest challenges regarding airfreight to and from South America at the time of Corona?

Specific challenges are the scarce capacities due to the extensive discontinuation of passenger flights and the persistently high rates. Freight space is extremely tight and therefore it is even more important for us as a freight forwarder to maintain good connections with the airlines and to block capacities in advance accordingly. Just about 18 months ago the rate to South America was one euro per kilogram and now the rates have increased fourfold and higher.

  In " regular times" you are often on the road as a route manager to maintain personal contact with partners in South America. How is that working currently?

We regularly organize virtual meetings with our customers and partners. This contact is very important for us; only those who are proactive will be able to increase their freight volumes. I see it as one of our most important tasks to be approaching our customers and partners.

 Furthermore, we have of course already participated in several virtual trade fairs and events. In my point of view, however, all this is no substitute for face-to-face contact. Therefore, we are looking forward to going on the road again to maintain our business relationships in person.

  What do you particularly appreciate about your customers and partners in South America?

Loyalty and reliability - we have been working with many customers and partners for a very long time.

What kind of special or unusual cargo was there in the past from or to South America?

Often, we simply transport normal "general cargo". But of course, every now and then there are special transports that stick in the memory. Just recently, we shipped vaccine samples to South America - this is nothing curious, but at least something very important in these times.

For the World Cup XNUMX, we flew XNUMX tons of equipment to Sao Paulo for a well-known sponsor. When you see something on TV that you transported, that's also something special.

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And what is the current status in your branch in Stuttgart?

We currently have a strong team in Stuttgart, we are optimally positioned - with strong operations and a good sales team. Everyone is 100% committed. Of course, we are also dependent on other service providers such as carriers and truckers. We can only be as good as the service providers we work with. Many mistakes can be seen coming and can be avoided in advance, but this only works if you are wide awake and have every shipment on the screen. You have to imagine it like stop and go traffic on the highway, I don't look at the car in front of me, I look at the two cars in front of me! Because that's where the errors are caused.

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