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The role of air freight

The Freight Transport Association has produced a new publication explaining the role of air freight aimed at public policy audiences. The document sets out to explain to politicians, civil servants and other public stakeholders the key role air freight plays in enabling the UK to be a centre of international business. It also describes the crucial role air freight plays in allowing developing nations in areas such as Africa to trade with the UK in fresh produce – to the benefit of millions in those countries.

The document also places in context the contribution of air freight to climate change emissions and makes suggestions about the best public policy measures for improving the situation.

Key facts from the publication:

Air freight accounts for around 0.6 per cent of UK carbon dioxide emissions;
Air freight accounts for only 0.5 per cent of the UK's international goods movements by weight, but 25 per cent by value; More than one million African rural livelihoods are supported by UK consumption of their fruit and vegetables; Air services are particularly important for UK trade with fast-growing emerging economies, such as China, and for trade in high value goods and services.

FTA's Head of Global Supply Chain Policy, Christopher Snelling said, 'There is much debate about aviation in political circles at present, with proposals for Heathrow's expansion, a proposed new tax on air freight services and the future incorporation of aviation into the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme.

'FTA wants to ensure that these debates are conducted against a backdrop of understanding the role air freight services play in the UK economy and an accurate assessment of the scale of its environmental impact.'

The Role of Air Freight can be found on the FTA's website at:

Click to access role-of-air-freight-in-uk.pdf

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