Demand for transatlantic project cargo and full container load shipments from aircraft manufacturers is going up in May as European consortium Airbus ramps up deliveries from Germany to its new US assembly plant.
According to Germany’s DHL Global Forwarding, which has won a two-year freight management contract from Airbus, supply shipments for the new Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama, will comprise around 80,000 tonnes of cargo over the next two years.
Most of the volume is going to be shipped by multipurpose vessels out of Hamburg and by container ship services via Bremerhaven, DHL said. A total of 39 charter voyages with multipurpose ships are planned on the route from Hamburg to Mobile for liftings of oversize aircraft components.
Additionally, 1,000 12 m containers loaded with parts and materials for the A320 jetliner are expected to be shipped over the next two years with door-to-door lead times of 29 days.
The logistics concept also involves large-scale return positioning of special racks that are used for the largest breakbulk items, DHL said.