European Shippers Council protests weight-based air freight surcharges

Aug 27,2013

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Plans of Lufthansa, Emirates and Korean Air to base surcharges on the weight of consignments have aroused protests from the European Shipper Council (ESC), reports Londons Loadstar.

Forwarders say that the airlines clearly think they can do it, and if Emirates and Lufthansa are doing then everyone will follow, since they are market leaders.


But carriers said the measure is intended to simplify the system, and not raise revenue. "It is not the goal to make money. There will be an impact, but it will benefit some shippers and not others. But you wont hear from the ones it benefits," a carrier source told Loadstar. Lufthansa is to introduce a chargeable weight system at the start of its winter schedule, Korean Air will do the same from September on all shipments out of Europe, while Emirates will apply the new mechanism to both fuel and security surcharges from September.


Chargeable weights are already used in many parts of the world, including India, and according to one airline source, it is a legal requirement in some Asian countries. Introducing it across a whole network simplifies the process, said the carrier source.


(Courtesy: Asian Shipping News)



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