The many concerns shippers have
In the world of air cargo shipping, there are many sides to each problem. There are the air cargo carriers that are struggling to survive in a world that relies on them less and less, there are the shippers that are being asked to rely on these carriers, and there are the regulators which cause delays and hiccups that both sides have no choice but to deal with. When it comes to some of the shippers, they are beginning to look elsewhere instead of dealing with the regulators and carriers because they are having problems that other forms of shipping are able to alleviate.
Problem #1: Lack of Reliability
One of the first problems that shippers bring up is how unreliable air cargo shippers are as of late. They have to wait for paperwork that can take days longer than expected, causing delays in expected delivery dates. They may also need to wait at times to fill their holds in order to make travel cost-effective for them, if the customer only has a small amount of cargo in need of shipping.
Problem #2: High Cost of Transportation
Unfortunately, air cargo carriers face a lot of costs that must be incorporated into their prices for shipping. This makes them one of the most expensive forms of transportation available. While they used to be worth the extra costs because of safety and speed that no other form of transportation could match, that is no longer the case. This means that air cargo carriers need to cut down in other places in order to remain competitive in a very crowded market.
Problem #3: Losing Track of Cargo
While the plane is in the air, it is being tracked by air traffic controllers, but for those on the shipping and receiving ends of things, this is a gray area where their shipment is, in essence, lost. They are not able to track their cargo from point A to point B when using air cargo carriers, which causes them to wonder, even if only for a few moments, if their cargo is safe. There are ways to be able to battle this, such as GPS locators within shipments, but that costs money, which only adds to the expense required if air cargo carriers are used.
Problem #4: Time Air Travel Takes
One of the more common problems that is not mentioned as often is how long it can take to get things delivered when air travel is required. On average, it takes nearly a week for products to be delivered by air, and most other forms of transportation can dwarf that time frame. When all of these problems are combined into a single argument, it seems as though the fate of air cargo carriers is sealed if something doesn't change, and fast.
Problem #5: Issues with the Planes Themselves
Between problematic emissions that some planes have, limited cargo space, weight capacities, and times where the pilots are unable to communicate with those asking for updates, planes are quickly posing more problems than they correct. While shippers know that there are times where an aircraft is the best route to take, they sometimes avoid it simply because they do not want to deal with the issues of using air cargo carriers.
Air cargo carriers could become obsolete if things are not able to change relatively quickly. They are more ways to ship things from place to place than ever before, and many forms of travel are both less expensive and less time consuming than using air cargo carriers. If they want to stay afloat, they need to show how they can stand out over other forms of transportation and offer something to their customers that no one else can. Air cargo carriers hold their fate in their own hands, and only time will tell if they are able to stay afloat with all they are facing, but if they begin to work together, these problems can be overcome.