AFKLMP Cargo welcomes five East Asian companies to its SAF Programme

By Rachelle Harry

Five more companies — all based in East Asia — have joined Air France KLM Martinair Cargo’s (AFKLMP Cargo) Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Programme. 

By joining the programme, new members AWOT, CTS, Jobmate, Sinotrans and SuperTrans can use AFKLMP’s SAF-powered services on routes connecting China with Europe and South America.

The Cargo SAF Programme enables shippers and forwarders to power a share of their flights with sustainable aviation fuel, a cleaner substitute for conventional jet fuel, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 85%.

Rahul Pathak, AFKLMP Cargo’s director for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, commented: “We deeply appreciate and thank our partners in China and Hong Kong for their investment in our SAF Programme.

“It is only through a joint commitment and combined effort that, as an industry, we can lower our carbon footprint. We value Guanxi [strong relationships] and are grateful to the relationship and trust accorded to us.

“We believe that, on the one hand, our strong business commitment to one another has made this engagement towards a sustainable future possible. On the other, it confirms the environmental awareness of our partners and their sense of social responsibility.”

Freight forwarder AWOT Global Express, which operates between Hong Kong, Lima and Peru, said the SAF Programme “not only supports its drive to provide better service for its customers, but also aligns with its corporate ambition to be more socially responsible and environmentally conscious”.

Kenny Li, managing director of AWOT Global Express, commented: “Air France KLM’s SAF Programme came at the right time and we had no hesitation in saying yes to investing in it. It gives us a jumpstart in our endeavour to be socially responsible and environmentally conscious.”

Jiang Bo, vice president of China state-owned enterprise CTS International Logistics Corporation, which operates between Shanghai and Amsterdam, said: “We want to be the first mover and set a marker for other Chinese companies to follow our sustainability driven approach.

“We believe that common goals and joint actions deliver the maximum results, not just in business, but also in the betterment of our industry and society at large. The money we invest in this programme is just a small step, an initial investment, towards a larger cause”. 

Forwarder Jobmate International Logistics operates between Shanghai and Paris.

Paul Gu, president of Job-Mate International, stated: “Thanks again Air France-KLM for giving us the opportunity to participate in a project of such great and practical significance. We are in step with AFKLMP Cargo as a business partner, but also as a valued sponsor of a healthy, global ecosystem. We will call on more people and aspiring companies to participate extensively in creating a better and sustainable future together.”

Sinotrans Global E-commerce Logistics offers a range of logistics services, including an international and Chinese domestic network.

Headquartered at Beijing Airport’s Economic Zone, the company will offer a “green route” between Hangzhou and Amsterdam through AFKLMP’s SAF Programme. 

Zhang Liang, vice general manager of Sinotrans e-commerce Logistics, commented: “The SAF Programme offers us a platform to promote the development of green logistics. Our Hangzhou branch is very proud that with this partnership they contribute towards reducing CO2 emissions on KLM’s Hangzhou-Amsterdam flight by over 15% for the year.”  

Xiamen SuperTrans, which operates between Xiamen and Amsterdam, has grown over the past decade from “a small forwarding business into a full logistics services provider”.

Raymond Huang, general manager at Xiamen Supertrans, said: “In a nutshell, we would like to expand our business in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.” 

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