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    Market Update

    Thank you for visiting our page and showing interest in our MEA Market Reader. Below you will find brief summaries for a quick overview of the latest supply chain developments in the Middle East and Africa region. You can download the full version from the beside section for a more in-depth analysis.

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    Summary of the Market Update 05/2024

    Developments in the Middle East and Africa

      • Weekly price average at the end of CW 14 is at $111.30/bbl – An increase of 4.3% vs the prior week and 3.5% vs the prior month
      • Global cargo CTKs increase by 11.9% YoY mainly driven by e-Commerce and Middle East Crisis
      • Crisis continues to have a significant impact on Air and Ocean
      • DB Schenker has continued to build API connections with airlines to speed up the cargo booking process, this time connecting with Emirates SkyCargo
      • African cargo saw 22.0% year-on-year demand growth in Feb 2024
      • Emirates clears vast majority of Dubai cargo backlog as capacity returns
      • Etihad Cargo introduces cool dollies
      • The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has authorized China Southern Airlines to commence passenger and cargo services, between Saudi Arabia and China
      • Etihad Cargo and Astral Aviation operated the inaugural Nairobi-Abu Dhabi flight on 21 March 2024
      • Royal Jordanian has received a new A321-200PF freighter, bolstering its capacity to meet the cargo industry's increasing demand

      • As the round-Africa routings normalise, and the carriers’ service networks stabilise, schedule reliability has started to slowly creep up. The global schedule reliability score for March 2024 improved by 1.6 percentage points M/M to 54.6%. That said, global schedule reliability is still not on par with the pre-crisis score of 61.8% seen in November 2023, but it is slowly getting there. On a Y/Y level, schedule reliability in March 2024 was -7.9 percentage points lower
      • The average delay for LATE vessel arrivals also improved, decreasing by -0.52 days M/M to 5.03 days. This figure is now marginally better than it was pre-crisis in November 2023 i.e., the increase in delays due to the Red Sea crisis seems to have been reverted. On a Y/Y level, the March 2024 figure was -0.03 days lower
      • Of the top 13 carriers, 11 were able to record a M/M improvement in schedule reliability in March 2024, with the largest improvement of 11.1 percentage points recorded by Wan Hai. CMA CGM recorded the largest decline of -1.8 percentage points.  On a Y/Y level, none of the 13 carriers recorded an increase in schedule reliability, with Hapag-Lloyd recording the smallest decline of -2.2 percentage points, and PIL recording the largest of -18.1 percentage points
      • Schedule reliability increased on Asia-NAWC by 5.2 percentage points M/M to 49.3% and on Asia-NAEC by 4.1 percentage points M/M to 37.6%. Asia-NEUR increased M/M by 3.2 percentage points and Asia-MED increased by 6.9 percentage points M/M to 37.2% and 40.0%, respectively. Schedule reliability decreased M/M on Transatlantic Eastbound by -1.8 percentage points and increased on Transatlantic Westbound by 7.7 percentage points to 61.1% and 50.9%, respectively. Europe-Oceania recorded the largest M/M increase of 20.0 percentage points to 56.3%. Asia-ECSA recorded the largest M/M decrease of -14.1 percentage points to 35.5%. Europe-Oceania also recorded the largest Y/Y increase of 46.3 percentage points to 56.3% and Middle East-Europe recorded the largest Y/Y decline of -32.5 percentage points to 31.4%


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