Posts face mail and parcel air cargo capacity shortage

In a joint statement, airline trade body IATA and the posts’ trade body UPU have jointly warned that postal services face mail and parcel air cargo capacity shortages.

The mail and parcel air cargo capacity shortages come from a fall in passenger flights of 95% as countries have cut air links to one another. At the same time there has been a spike in e-commerce demand due to high street shops closing and people reaching to e-commerce for their retail needs.

IATA and UPU have jointly called on governments to reopen their borders to ensure trade can slow. To get around this problem they have called for chartered operations to receive fast-tracked permits, cut unnecessary regulations and to ensure trained staff are available to process and clear mail and parcels upon arrival.

The two trade bodies are working to support the use of additional air cargo flights to replace commercial passenger flights to reduce the mail and parcel air cargo capacity problems. They are doing this through providing information on the airlines and cargo carrier status, best practices and cargo carrier status.

Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of IATA, said, “Airlines have been required to cut passenger services in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19. So, it’s vital that everything is done to support the smooth movement of mail which is an important component of society.”

Bishar Hussein, director general of UPU, said, “The cancellation of more than 4.5 million passenger flights the primary means of transporting post has meant that capacity is scarce, costs more and takes longer. Action needs to be swiftly taken to address the shortfall in air cargo capacity and to keep the mail moving.”