The Coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly disrupted the airfreight industry and is still challenging it. China was the birthplace of Covid-19, came out of it, and was called to supply urgent consignments of medical supplies for the whole world.
This month World Cargo Vision team interviews the charismatic Mr John (Hua) Jiang, director of overseas network development of the Shanghai based airfreight specialist WECAN China, and discuss the company’s response to the crisis, and its establishment as one of the top air cargo sales agents in the country.
John, would you please tell us a few words about Wecan, and its air cargo business activities?
Wecan International Logistics Co Ltd was established in November 2003 in Shanghai, by Mr. Irwin Xu. During the years, Wecan was established as one of the leading neutral airfreight master loaders and consolidators in China. Wecan group owns 4 subsidiaries and employs 500+ professional in 17 owned offices within China. Wecan is IATA, SIFFA, CAAC, CATA certified, and NCOCC/OTI accredited by MOC and FMC.
How would you describe the current airfreight market in China?
The worldwide airfreight market, like all industries, was shaken due to Covid19. Right now, things seem to be returning to the new normal, but as long as the passenger flights are not being resumed, the total capacities in the airfreight market will remain reduced. PPE demands are not like in March, April and May, and air import demand from both Europe and N.America is weaker in comparison with same time last year. Before new cases of covid19 appeared in Beijing, rates were dropping, then rose again, and we need to watch carefully the rates supplied by the airlines on weekly basis.
This month World Cargo Vision team interviews the charismatic Mr John (Hua) Jiang, director of overseas network development of the Chinese airfreight specialist WECAN
Is your company involved in the PPE Charter business during the current C19 epidemic?
Yes, very much involved. Wecan PVG handled 2 charters a day (CAO charters with 600 CBM payload and not P2F), from midle of March through April, and until middle of June. Cargo operations were daily on behalf of governmental authorities in Canada, USA, Germany, Spain, Russia, Luxembourg, and Malaysia. We have operated in total 180 charters with over 90 billion masks.
What is Wecan’s top cargo agent ranking position in China?
Our company is ranking TOP # 5 cargo agent in terms of export airfreight tonnage ex China to worldwide. Our major airlines where we hold BSA and CPA agreements in place, are China Eastern (incl. MU and CK), China Southern (CZ) and Air China (incl. CA and CX). Europe westbound and Transpacific eastbound, are our main focused and top sales trade lanes.
Could you indicate Wecan’s annual airfreight revenue and tonnage with carriers?
In 2019 Wecan handled almost 200 million kilos with over 400 million $ in air cargo sales.
What are your company’s goals and expansions plan over the next 5 years?
We have always kept a low profile and our main goal is to continue supporting our network, partners, and agents so we can all evolve and grow.
What is your overall opinion about Neutral Air Partner?
We love NAP. I have been 25 years in the freight forwarding industry, and 3 years in this network, and as it develops, I feel very lucky being the one within Wecan Group that connects our offices and personnel with our NAP partners worldwide. Wecan has gained a valuable position within the market through NAP, and it gives us a multi-platform to collaborate with like-minded experts and air freight professionals around the world. We have made excellent relationships and connections with many NAP partners; we sincerely respect and support each other.
NAP team is the most wonderful team I have ever met, from the top management, to the local representative, they all are reachable and very helpful. By this interview I want to take the liberty to thank the NAP team for their overall support to our company, for their professional market and industry guidelines, suggestions, and recommendations. I wish them lots of success, and I encourage them to keep moving forward with their mission to innovate the air cargo logistics community and the networking sector.