Covid-19 has had devastating effects on the international transportation and logistics industries in general, however not all services have been affected in the same proportion.
For Airfreight, the influx of PPE from Asia during the crucial months of the pandemic compensated for the reduction of regular cargo. The overall decline in tonnage moved through major US airports was minimal.

These cargoes normally would have traveled by sea and in fewer quantities, however, due to the high demand and low supply in the US, most of these were transported by air.

The table below shows cargo volumes in Metric Tons handled across several major airports in the United States during the months of April through July of 2020 compared with the same period during 2019. The overall result is a small reduction of 4%, minimal when compared to ocean cargo during the same period that saw a decrease of 15% in major US ports.

total metric tons us airports

Covid-19 has indeed negatively impacted the world economy stalling businesses in every continent, however, there are positive signs as air cargo keeps recovering. As we continue to monitor the new data from major ports and airports across the US the projections for the following months are positive due to the holiday season being around the corner. Also, some experts indicate that another major wave of global air traffic will be generated once a vaccine for Covid-19 is completed.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding freight forwarding through COVID-19, contact our PROMPTUS team, and one of our experts will guide you through the process of importing and exporting goods in a safe and timely manner.

Source: airport websites