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Breaking News, 30 December 2022

More than 1.25 million dangerous goods (DG) shipments are transported by air every year with the volume of air cargo expected to increase

According to IATA’s 2023 Trends – Transport of dangerous goods by air, more than 1.25 million dangerous goods (DG) shipments are transported by air every year, and with the volume of air cargo expected to increase, the number of dangerous goods shipments will also grow, particularly those containing lithium batteries. Consumer demand for electronic devices such as tablets and small personal mobility devices such as e-bikes is a key factor in driving this increase.

As a result, there are new entrants in the market, which creates a need for training, process improvement and adoption of new technologies. As per the report, Compliance will continue to be a challenge as supply chains evolve and regulations are developed and refined. To keep pace, it is critical for organizations to assess their DG operations to identify opportunities within their compliance infrastructure and processes. Improving and streamlining your DG operations can be implemented in phases and through a blended approach including:

*Technology: Automate DG operations and establish repeatable and reliable processes across the supply chain utilizing DG software and integrating it with your ERP or other systems;

*Training: Utilize gamification or 3D training experiences to better train and recertify employees, and do so quickly and remotely;

*Packaging: Refine your packaging strategies to further improve efficiency, safety and compliance throughout the supply chain; and

*Regulations: Keep your employees and supply chain partners up-to-date on the latest regulations using digital regulatory materials.”

‘Reduction in capacity constraints in APAC expected’

As 2022 comes to a close, we have seen demand for air cargo soften when compared to 2021. While forecasts have been adjusted downwards, the air cargo sector is still projected to grow and outpace pre-pandemic levels in 2023. We will likely see a reduction in capacity constraints, especially out of the Asia Pacific region,” says Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group.

He adds, “We can expect to see some softening of global yield levels with the return of more belly-hold capacity. However, an imbalance between strong demand and available supply in key cargo origin markets along with a relatively high share of freighter capacity will continue to demand higher yields.

Some of the challenges we have faced in 2022 will remain in 2023. We will need to closely monitor macroeconomic factors, high fuel prices, supply shortages and ongoing border and travel restrictions. However, even with these challenges, tremendous opportunities are available to carriers who are agile, work collaboratively with stakeholders across the sector, and can adapt to evolving market conditions.

We are continuously exploring introducing new territories and countries and focusing on our existing network to provide market-leading services based on customer demand. As we come to the end of 2022 and look ahead to 2023, we will continue to evaluate new markets and opportunities to grow our offering to our customers as part of Etihad Cargo’s wider cargo strategy.”

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