U.S. Air Exports, Domestic Ground Parcel Set Records in 2005

Resilient global economy, weak dollar, airfreight's importance in optimizing global supply chain performance weigh, Colography Group reports

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  • In another example of the "regionalization" of U.S. commerce, regional LTL carriers increased their shipment share of the total market to 80.6 percent from 80 percent in 2004. By contrast, the national LTL operators saw their share fall to 19.4 percent from 20 percent.

  • Overnight shipments made up 42.2 percent of all domestic air cargo shipments in 2005, down slightly from a 42.4 percent share in 2004. Deferred, or non next-day packages, increased their share to 57.2 percent from 56.8 percent.

  • FedEx and UPS actually saw slight declines in air export shipment share in 2005. DHL Express and the U.S. Postal Service, by contrast, saw slight gains. The air export market share held by the six major players remained steady at 76.6 percent of all shipments.

  • UPS controlled 68.0 percent of the ground parcel shipment share at the end of 2005, by far the largest share. However, its share dipped from the 68.8 percent reported at year-end 2004. FedEx Ground and DHL Express gained modest share, while USPS' share declined incrementally.

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