Air Freight & Logistics

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Air Freight & Logistics industry entities provide freight services and transportation logistics to both businesses and individuals. The industry consists of three main segments: air freight transportation, post and courier services, and transportation logistics services. Entities in the industry earn revenue from one or more of the segments and range from non-asset-based to asset-heavy. Transportation logistics services include contracting with road, rail, marine and air freight entities to select and hire appropriate transportation. Services also may include customs brokerage, distribution management, vendor consolidation, cargo insurance, purchase order management and customised logistics information. The industry is crucial to global trade, granting it a degree of demand stability.

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GHG Emissions
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Air Freight & Logistics industry entities generate direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change. Emissions are generated from fuel combustion by both air and road freight operations. Given the altitude of the emissions from jet fuel, air freight makes an especially potent contribution to climate change. Management of GHG emissions is likely to affect air freight and logistics entities’ cost structure over time because emissions are tied directly to fuel use, and thus to operating expenses. Fuel efficiency and alternative fuels usage may reduce fuel costs or limit exposure to volatile fuel pricing, future regulatory costs and other consequences of GHG emissions. While newer aircraft and trucks are generally more fuel efficient, existing fleets may be retrofitted. Capital investments in more fuel-efficient aeroplanes or vehicles and emerging fuel-management technology may reduce fuel expenses and improve profitability. These investments also may help entities capture market share of customers seeking low-carbon shipping solutions.
Air Quality
  • Air Quality

    Entities in the Air Freight & Logistics industry generate air pollutants that may threaten human health. The industry’s primary air emissions include sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), which negatively affect local air quality. As regulators debate the most efficient mechanisms to reduce local air pollution from the industry, entities may be forced to increase operating costs or make investments to modernise their fleets because of regulatory pressure, customer demand and rising fuel costs. Use of more expensive alternative fuels and mechanisms that filter emissions prior to release into the atmosphere also may affect an entity’s cost structure, requiring upfront costs but decreasing regulatory exposure over the long term.
Labour Practices
  • Labour Practices

    The Air Freight & Logistic industry’s reliance on independent contractors, mainly for courier driving, has come under increasing legal and regulatory scrutiny. The applicable jurisdictional laws and regulations that protect employees may not cover independent contractors, and entities may face regulatory sanctions for misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Entities also may face legal actions from employee and contractor claims regarding wage payments, benefits and working conditions. Legal actions also may negatively affect an entity’s brand value and ability to hire and retain employees, reducing operational efficiency and increasing turnover costs.
Employee Health & Safety
  • Workforce Health & Safety

    The Air Freight & Logistics industry may expose employees to dangerous working conditions, including accidents resulting from mechanical failure or human error. Additionally, moving packages manually is a physical process that requires special training to minimise injury. Although the fatal occupational injury rate for trucking workers is higher than average, worker safety issues in aviation are regulated strictly, which raises the risk of fines or penalties when an incident occurs. Health and safety incidents may result in work stoppages and a range of costs, from medical expenses to workers’ compensation. Such incidents also may reduce productivity, and thus revenues, if employees believe their safety and well-being are being neglected. Finally, entities with poor safety records also may face increased insurance premiums and higher costs of capital, as well as reputational damage that may reduce revenue and market share. An entity may mitigate these effects by providing adequate employee protection and training, ensuring mechanical equipment is functioning safely, and establishing a culture of workplace safety.
Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Management

    Many entities in the Air Freight & Logistics industry contract with large, complex networks of asset-based third-party providers to provide freight transportation services to their customers. Contracting is common among entities providing freight forwarding, logistics, brokerage and intermodal services. These contractors operate across all modes of transport such as motor carriers, railroads, air freight and ocean carriers. Entities must manage contractor relationships to ensure contractor actions that may result in environmental or social impacts do not result in material adverse effects on their own operations, such as decreased brand value. At the same time, entities that offer low-carbon logistics solutions may capture market share from customers seeking to reduce the carbon footprint of their shipments.
Critical Incident Risk Management
  • Accident & Safety Management

    All modes of transportation pose safety risks. In some cases, mechanical failure or human error may result in accidents with significant environmental or social consequences, including regulatory action and lawsuits from impacted communities or customers. Although the stringency of regulatory requirements may vary by the region of operation, entities that maintain the highest safety standards throughout their global operations may minimise the risks of safety incidents that affect their reputation and profitability.

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