Damco sees $9m loss as airfreight dives

Damco, the troubled logistics arm of Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk (APMM), made a $9m loss in the first quarter of 2015 as its airfreight volumes fell 19%.
The division’s total supply chain revenue fell nine percent, year on year, to $683m for the January to March 2015 period, of which eight percent was due to exchange rate movements.
Netherlands-based Damco saw controlled ocean freight volumes decline by two percent, as airfreight throughputs dived, with the latter due mainly to "project shipments in prior year which were not repeated in 2015," said APMM.
It added: "Restoring growth in the ocean and airfreight segments is a key focus area to improve overall Damco profitability."
The $9m first quarter loss was actually an improvement on like period 2014, when Damco made a loss of $10m.

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