Airfreight declining will continue early 2019

The latest figures from consultant Drewry show that airfreight rate growth narrowed as 2018 drew to a close. The consultant’s Sea and Air Shipper Insight report shows that average freight rates on major east-west lanes increased by 2% year on year in December. Airfreight rates see growth narrow in December

Compared with November, there was a 3.5% decline, which reflects normal seasonal trends. While prices are ahead of year ago, the level of improvement has narrowed. During the first quarter, prices were 3.5% up on the prior year, in the second quarter there was an 8% difference and in the third quarter that had come down to 4.8%.

Further decrease expected in January

For 2018 as a whole, average prices on east-west lanes were 4.9% ahead of 2017 levels.

Looking ahead, Drewry said: “Drewry’s East-West Airfreight Price index dropped 3.5% month-on-month, to $ 3.07 from $ 3.18 – but up by 2% on the previous year’s $ 3.02 rate. Based on the anecdotal reports and seasonal trend, Drewry expects rates to further decrease in January.”