Friday, September 6, 2013

Neutral Policy of Air Freight Consolidator Leads to Further Expansion of Cargo Services

Wholesale Policy Offers Forwarding Agents Peace of Mind at Cut Rates
Shipping News Feature

US – The trade only policy of the world’s best known, and biggest air freight wholesaler, AMI, seems to continue to pay dividends for the consolidator which started business in the UK in 1976 and, with its policy of strict neutrality by only offering services to accredited forwarding agents, has continued its expansion of services overseas. The company, a division of Air Menzies is now offering cargo agents in Miami the chance to make use of its full range of services.

In response to growing customer demand, the new AMI gateway is offering all products currently available through its existing US network: airport-to-airport, airport-to-door, and door-to-door services with the option of direct or consolidation pricing. In addition, Miami agents have access to AMI’s established, all-inclusive online service, click2ship. The process of wholesale only means AMI can offer the space it has block booked for lower rates than agents can buy directly from the airlines while the forwarders are confident that no rival they have otherwise joined forces with can approach their customers direct.

AMI Miami provides a local cargo reception and hand-out point for agents, saving them the time and cost of delivering to and collecting from individual carriers’ terminals. Scheduled express road feeders are also operated to and from other major US airports. AMI Miami joins a network of six other gateways in the US (New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Dallas) and 17 other locations throughout Australasia, Europe, South Africa, Asia and the Far East; these are complemented by a network of service partners at 220 further locations.

The growth of internet sales has produced a new market for AMI from the express parcel carriers now being committed more often to international consignments. Among the diverse shipments handled immediately following AMI’s opening in Miami have been eight urgent AOG (aircraft on ground) shipments to Africa, five tonnes of food supplements to Brazil and an aircraft engine to Dublin. AMI Miami manager Jeff Intriago, comments:

“Miami was a gap in our US coverage that we have now filled. It’s an important market, which now has its own access to AMI’s global trade-only export and import services. This will enable Miami freight agents to compete on equal terms with their larger competitors.”