‘Airfreight crisis will last another twelve months’

“The shortage of air cargo space and the high freight rates will continue for another twelve months.” That’s the expectation of Craig Musson of Australian flower import and export company Wafex, which is active in 26 different countries.

Craig Musson was one of the speakers at the recent AIPH conference about the coronavirus crisis. The Australian is the director of Wafex, a trading company with offices and nurseries in Australia, as well as offices in Kenya, Ecuador and the United States. They’re active in flower imports and exports across 26 countries.

Musson has noticed that Covid-19 has had a major impact on the flower transport sector during the past few months. He believes that the airfreight crisis could easily last another year.

Generally, most passenger planes are still grounded. From May onwards, additional cargo aircrafts were made available. However, they were more expensive. Musson: “Passenger flights make their money through ticket sales. Any belly cargo they take is a bonus. The fees for cargo planes are calculated differently; they make money by filling cubic metres.”

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