FedEx Express ups capacity across its Asia Pacific network

By Rachelle Harry

In order to cope with unprecedented airfreight demand due to e-commerce growth this peak season, FedEx Express has added cargo capacity on its routes in the Asia-Pacific region.

The company has increased its flight frequency for Asia-to-Europe flights, as well as flights between Australia and destinations in Asia.

The move follows FedEx reporting that its Asia Pacific network has been operating at peak levels for six months.

Kawal Preet, president of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express, said that increased capacity in the region is helping the company to support small businesses during peak season.

“At FedEx, we are helping our customers to prepare and get ahead to help ensure their shipping and delivery needs are met and business continues to flow during one of the busiest times of the year,” she said. “We’re calling this the Shipathon — a shipping endurance race.”

“The growing importance of e-commerce means that small- and medium-sized enterprises can now move beyond local or domestic demand to reach new regional and international customers, growing revenue without the investment costs related to opening brick-and-mortar storefronts.

“This is where the real acceleration of business recovery can happen, and we’re actively working with merchants and small businesses to ensure they’re ready and have the right tools to give their customers more control over their deliveries.”

In September, FedEx Express upgraded its cross-border e-commerce export service in southern China as part of a pilot scheme run by China customs.

FedEx customers at its Guangzhou and Xiamen gateways can register and system-dock at their local customs offices and are able to benefit from a simplified declaration process, priority inspection and returns account management on cross border e-commerce exports.

The company said that customers using the service will no longer need to pack goods individually and stick air waybills on separate packages. Instead, they can export in batches which will create efficiencies.

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