Increase in cargo volumes to Brazil
The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce has revealed that airfreight volumes between Brazil and the Arab nations rose by 60% last year.
Overall, volumes rose from 2000 tones in 2006 to 3400 tonnes in 2007. The UAE was identified as a large contributor to the total increase, with the launch of direct flights between São Paulo and Dubai enabling exports by air to grow by 169%.
"It was already expected for this to happen due to the inclusion of lower value-added products in air shipment in recent months," said Antonio Sarkis, president Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.
"This may have also happened due to the greater availability of aerial transport, with the inauguration of the direct Emirates flight between São Paulo and Dubai, in October," he added.
The direct route offered by Emirates is believed to have favoured the shipment of perishable products, such as fruit and flower, as well as the delivery of spare parts for the machinery and equipment industry.
The Brazilian Foreign Trade Association (AEB) believes poor logistical options between the two countries has led to the increase. Traditionally, greater value added products are more likely to be shipped by air but the new Emirates route has reportedly opened up opportunity for lesser valued items.