The state of air cargo and global trade

The COVID-19 pandemic is a health and humanitarian crisis, and it is also an economic shock. We will be providing weekly updates throughout the COVID-19 crisis on air cargo capacity changes based on actual flight movements.

With our comprehensive, reliable and up-to-date demand and supply databases, Seabury Consulting, now part of Accenture's travel industry practice, is able to provide insights and data on air, express and ocean freight demand and capacity on a global basis.

February saw a strong increase in vaccines flows by air, as the distribution of COVID-vaccines took off

Asia Pacific showed the largest increase in vaccine air exports. North America accounted for 50% import growth.

Graph showing air cargo capacity growth vs. 2019.

Notes: Includes only vaccines for human medicine; 1) Comparing against same month last year

Source: Seabury Cargo Global Air Trade database, Seabury Cargo analysis (April 2021)

China saw the largest increase in vaccine air exports, doubling in February versus 2020

Chile, United Arab Emirates and Turkey were the largest recipients of China’s vaccines.

Top vaccine air export growth by country, Feb 2021 vs 2020

Million USD, growth (%)

Chart showing Latin America to North America cargo capacity growth.

Source: “Chile receives fourth batch of Chinese Sinovac vaccines against COVID-19”, XinhuaNet (27 February 2021)

Seabury Cargo Global Air Trade database, Seabury Cargo analysis (April 2021)



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