• KITA Arranged 2nd Special Cargo Flights to Japan and Germany
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    KITA 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. -

    The 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.

    One 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.

    The 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 electronic components.

    The 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.

    Narita 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

    The 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.

    Han 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.

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