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Intermodal South America 2014: Positive forecast for air cargo market

Intermodal South America has now entered its final day and reports from the show all point towards it being another success.

It’s estimated that the three-day show has attracted around fifty thousand visitors in total, as well as 600 exhibiting cargo companies from more than 20 countries.

The mood at the show has been one of optimism – with logistics professionals from industries including energy, automotive, and other manufacturing sectors all represented strongly at the São Paulo-based event.

The focus of much of the Intermodal South America conference has been on the growing importance of the region to the international logistics industry, with discussions on regulatory issues and efficiency initiatives, as well as the potential impact of this summer’s FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro .

As we blogged last week, there are plenty of reasons for cargo professionals to be positive about the long term outlook.

The air cargo industry also received a further boost this week with the latest figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) indicating that markets are continuing their recovery.

February’s air cargo figures showed a 2.9% increase in demand compared to February 2013, and the first two months of 2014 have seen an overall 3.6% improvement in demand over the previous year.

Latin American airlines saw solid 6.1% growth in February, continuing a trend that started in the second half of 2013 and indicators for the region as a whole are positive.

If you’re visiting Intermodal today make sure you visit the Chapman Freeborn Brazil team at Booth E85 before the show closes.

To find out more about our air cargo charter and on board courier services in Brazil and South America, please contact us on + 55 11 3047-1100 or email

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Header image: Chapman Freeborn team at Intermodal South America 2014