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As forwarders on the major routes out of Asia find space ever more difficult to secure, this useful round-up from Air Cargo News demonstrates that quite a few of them have been taking matters into their own hands and chartering aircraft themselves. US digital start-up forwarder Flexport is the latest to enter the charter market, and will fly a B747F from Hong Kong to Los Angeles over the weekend to cater for e-commerce demand and to carry new hi-tech consumer products into the US ahead of the key retail season. The San Francisco-based company added that with little prospect of air freight capacity increasing, expect more charters next year.

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