A governmental task force on Guam is exploring how it’s position as the westernmost point in the United States could boost its share of the transhipment market in both shipping and air freight. Asia Pacific Airlines maintains a cargo hub at Guam’s A.B. Won Pat International Airport. Shipping lines including APL and Matson are frequent callers at the Port of Guam.
The shipping sector is expected to adopt electronic bills of lading (eBLs) to enhance the shipping documentation process as the industry gears up for digital transformation in the wake of the disruption brought by the coronavirus pandemic.
Airline officials and logistics service providers expect freighters to remain in demand, as passenger-to-freighter conversions (P2F) are also expected to continue flying cargo due to persisting capacity constraints in the market. Singapore’s Scoot has converted an Airbus A320 to a rare narrowbody ‘preighter.’
Industry players are expression concern over the drive of Maersk and CMA CGM to turn themselves into behemoths that can offer multimodal logistics solutions to shippers.