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Air Timeliness Indicators Show Little Change

Flexport’s Air Timeliness Indicator (ATI) measures the amount of time taken to move airfreight from its point of consolidation to arrival at its final destination. The airfreight world tends to run along “trade lanes.” The two biggest trade lanes carry goods from Asia to North America (Transpacific Eastbound, or TPEB) and from Asia to Europe (Far East Westbound, or FEWB). The ATI captures timeliness on each of these. In our latest update, both FEWB and TPEB transit times remained inline with the prior week’s level.

The Methodology: The Flexport Air Timeliness Indicator (ATI) utilizes data from Flexport’s airfreight operations for an expansive view of a cargo’s journey. Updated on a weekly basis it shows the time taken to transit from cargo consolidation to final delivery. Measures are shown for Far East Westbound (FEWB, e.g., China-to-Europe) and Transpacific Eastbound (TPEB, e.g., China-to-US) routes. The data is shown on a four-week, trailing average basis. More details about the ATI can be found in our background report.

Week to May 22, 2022 Last week the indicators remained relatively unchanged from the week prior. Some care is needed as there is evidence of seasonality in the series.

TPEB stayed unchanged at 11.4 days in the four weeks to May 22. FEWB fell modestly to 10.8 days in the four weeks to May 22, about even since the start of the year. Air times may reflect seasonal shifts working their way out of the system as importers switch to summer goods.

Please direct questions about the Flexport ATI to economics@flexport.com.

Disclaimer: The contents of this report are made available for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for any legal, business, or financial decisions. Flexport does not guarantee, represent, or warrant any of the contents of this report because they are based on our current beliefs, expectations, and assumptions, about which there can be no assurance due to various anticipated and unanticipated events that may occur. This report has been prepared to the best of our knowledge and research; however, the information presented herein may not reflect the most current regulatory or industry developments. Neither Flexport nor its advisors or affiliates shall be liable for any losses that arise in any way due to the reliance on the contents contained in this report.

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