The economy's impact on outsize cargo
Hunziker agrees that screening outsize cargo can be especially challenging, but maintains that this is just something companies have to accept. “It’s a part of today’s world, and it’s this way for everyone,” he says. Instead of bemoaning its existence, Hunziker says outsize freight carriers and shippers should “find the right partners or the right symmetries within the group” to simplify the screening process for customers. But, again, he says, screening regulations are something all members of the airfreight sector must observe — regardless of the size of the freight.
Lancaster concurs, remarking that such regulations aren’t likely to prevent heavy cargo from flying. Even with the escalating costs of air transportation, he says the outsize market is performing well and expects it to continue to remain profitable in the future.
“Look, the Antonovs are still busy flying; the Ilyushins are busy,” Lancaster says. “It might not be the six-week lead time it once was — it might only be two or three weeks — but the fleet is still flying, so things are still going on in the outsize cargo market.”