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Enabling global trade

Airlines transport over 62 million cargo tonnes of goods a year, representing more than 35% of global trade by value but less than 1% of world trade by volume. That is equivalent to $8.3 trillion worth of goods annually, or $22.7 billion worth of goods every day. Find out more interesting air cargo facts (pdf)

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Cargo priorities

  1. Safety and Security, including the lithium battery challenge where governments must address the threat from undeclared dangerous goods in cargo and mail.
  2. Digitalization, with speed as this underpins many other key initiatives such as safe and efficient borders, seamless operations, and quality of the supply chain.
  3. Sustainability, we are committed to addressing sustainability challenges, meeting our sustainability targets, and seeing if we can do more. 


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