Total inbound and outbound Philippine shipments handled by airfreight forwarders reached 47.728 million kilograms for the first quarter of the year, with 18.1% or 8.63 million kg accounted for by direct shipments, according to latest figures from the Civil Aeronautics Board.
Consolidations represented 42.5% or 20.304 million kg of the total, and breakbulking 39.4% or 18.794 million kg.
No comparative figures were released.
Nippon Express Philippines Inc. still dominated the country’s international airfreight forwarding industry in the first quarter this year with 18.28% of the market, but it was local player Airlift Asia Inc. (AAI) that stole the show, climbing 12 spots to land in ninth place.
Nippon, the Philippine unit of the Japanese global logistics player Nippon Express Co. Ltd., handled a total of 8.726 million kg of both inbound and outbound cargoes.
This volume, however, was 45.08% lower than the 13.528 million kg, or 18.92% market share, the airfreight forwarder handled in the first quarter of 2012. Nippon has consistently topped the list since 2009.
AAI, a Filipino-owned international freight forwarder that had initially focused on air cargo shipments, grabbed attention when it shot up to No. 9 with a throughout of 1.054 million kg or 2.12% market share in the first quarter, from No. 21 a year earlier.
In a phone conversation with PortCalls, AAI Worldwide Logistics Inc. president Arnold Brizuela attributed the noteworthy performance to higher imports, especially electronic products.
Brizuela said one major factor was the increase in capacity of a “major customer”, which continues to import machinery and raw materials for manufacturing electronic goods. He did not name the client.
In January this year, Airlift Asia changed its name to AAI Worldwide Logistics Inc. with the integration of its sea and air freight services.
Brizuela said he is positive that the second half will be “very good”, especially now that the company is diversifying its services into pharmaceuticals, aviation and consumer goods.
DHL Global Forwarding (Philippines) Inc. rose one spot to second place in the first quarter with 3.852 million kg of shipments equivalent to an 8.07% market share.
Kintetsu World Express jumped to third place from seventh with 2.832 million kg or a 5.93% market share, while Yusen Logistics Philippines Inc. was No. 3 with 2.658 million kg or 5.57% of the market.
Staying in fifth place with 2.369 million kg of cargoes and a 4.96% market share was Trans-global Consolidators Inc., which was not on the top 30 list in the first quarter of 2012 but rocketed to fifth overall 2012.
Kuehne+Nagel Inc., which had a 4.72% market share with 2.254 million kg, jumped to sixth place from No. 9 in the first quarter last year.
Seventh placer Expeditors Philippines Inc., in 10th place in 2012, took 3.14% of the market with 1.497 million kg while eight placer UPS-Delbros Transport Inc. had a 3.08% market share with 1.472 million kg.
Trailing AAI was Airspeed International Corp., which rose three places to 10th place with a 2.09% market share and 999,566 kg of cargoes.
Other international airfreight forwarders on the CAB list were Agility International Logistics (2.05% market share), CEVA Logistics Philippines Inc. (2.04%), Schenker Philippines Inc. (1.71%), Panalpina World Transport (Phils.) Inc. (1.61%), Skyfreight Forwarders Inc. (1.46%), Royal Cargo Combined Logistics (1.33%), Nissin Transport Philippines (1.21%), World Alliance Freight (1.14%), CJ GLS Philippines Inc. (1.13%), UPS SCS (Phils.) Inc. (1.11%), Kerry ATS Logistics Inc. (1.11%), NNR Global Logistics (Phils.) Inc. (0.97%), Airfreight 2100 (0.87%), DSV Air and Sea Inc. (0.86%), Kornet Express Inc. (0.86%), Logwin Air+Ocean Philippines Inc. (0.74%), Rensworld Freight Logistics Corp. (0.71%), TNT Expresas Worldwide Philippines Inc. (0.68%), CNT Air express Inc. (0.67%) and Highlight Express Philippines Inc. (0.62%).
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