Arranged 2nd Special Cargo Flights to Japan and Germany
- In cooperation with MOTIE, MSS, etc… the flights delivered protective gears, cars, electronic
components, cosmetics, etc. -
Korea International Trade Association (Chairman: Kim Young-Ju) announced that
it has arranged emergency special cargo flights to Japan and Germany in
cooperation with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and Ministry of
SMEs and Startups.
of the special flights headed to Narita International Airport, Japan on May 29th
and another flight is scheduled to leave for Frankfurt Airport, Germany on May
30th. They are the second special flights arranged following the
ones to Jakarta, Indonesia and Chongqing, China at the end of April.
flight to Narita transported 17 tons of cargo from 10 companies including
cosmetics, robots for manufacturing processes, and protective fabric masks. The flight to Frankfurt will deliver 23 tons
of goods from 12 companies, including medical protective gears, auto parts and
special flights have been arranged to help local small and medium-sized businesses suffering from the suspended
global air traffic as the major countries have implemented measures to restrict
entry of foreigners in order to prevent the influx of the new coronavirus.
and Frankfurt were selected for the destinations of the second special flights
by the logistics-related organizations, including government agencies,
airlines, and forwarders, after checking the status of air logistics
special cargo flights are provided to local small and medium-sized exporters at
around 75 percent of the market average to reduce the burden on the local
export companies, and the Korea International Trade Association, the Ministry
of SMEs and Startups and the Korea SMEs and Startups Agency will support the
discounted freight rates. Along with the business organizations such as the
Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Korea Employers Federation, and the
Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business, other related agencies such as
the Korea SMEs and Startups Agency and KOTRA contributed to the recruitment of
companies to participate in this special chartered flights arrangement. Korean
Air and Asiana Airlines are in charge of charter flights, and Hanjin and Paktra
International are responsible for collection of cargo.
Jin-hyun, the vice-chairman of the Korea International Trade Association, said,
“According to a survey on export market outlook for the 2nd
quarter, the exporters selected 'sluggish economy in export destinations'
(17.2%) and 'increased logistics costs' (10.8%) as the major difficulties.” He added, “We strongly recommended that the
government had to resolve the difficulties and the second charter flights were
arranged as a result of active discussion for alternatives.”