Shenzhen-Hong Kong freighter added as overland restrictions hit supply chains

By Damian Brett

Photo: Shutterstock

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has launched a freighter service to Hong Kong to meet a lack of trucking capacity as a result of Covid-19 outbreaks.

According to the Xinhua news agency, the service will operate six times per week utilising a B767 freighter operated by SF Airlines.

The first flight of the new service, which is initially planned to run until April, took off on March 19.

Although the two locations are located less than 50 miles from each other, land transport between Hong Kong and Shenzhen has been heavily hit by strict Covid restrictions.

The service will carry Covid-19 medical and protective goods for Hong Kong and help meet companies transport requirements in Shenzhen and neighboring regions.

The lack of trucking capacity was recently highlighted by Cathay Pacific as one of the reasons for a weak cargo volumes at the start of the year.

And last week, Air Cargo News reported that Shenzhen had gone into lockdown  – with restrictions since being eased – forcing several companies to pause manufacturing activities.

“Cross-border trucking capacity continues to be very limited and terminals are seeing shortages in manpower,” said forwarder Flexport in an update on the airfreight market.

“As a result of these issues rates have increased compared to the prior week. The market ex-SZX/CAN is hot as many customers are experiencing cross-border limitations with HKG, resulting in rate increases.”

China supply chains hit as lockdowns are rolled out

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest airlines news

Rosy outlook beckons for freighter conversions

By Greg Waldron, FlightGlobal

Freighter conversion suppliers expect a strong e-commerce market to support the switching of passenger jets to cargo use, although capacity…

Read More

Share this story

Magma benefits from demand for long-term freighter deals

By Damian Brett

Freighter operator Magma Aviation last year benefitted from demand for long-term contracts as companies looked to avoid space shortages by…

Read More

Share this story

Psi Air eyes Philippines-US flights

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Philippines-based cargo airline Psi Air has applied for a foreign air carrier permit and exemption from the US Department of…

Read More

Share this story