FedEx Corp plans to launch air freight services to Cambodia by mid-2021 according to the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA).
The US company plans to fly and transport goods in and out of the Kingdom – possibly as soon as June 2021, following a meeting between Minister in charge of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) Mao Havannall and US ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy on February 11.
SSCA spokesman Sin Chansereyvutha acknowledged that the timeframe would be dependant on the correct permits being issued, adding “The process to meet the requirements of a formal permit for air cargo flights in and out of Cambodia is quite time-consuming. FedEx has reportedly applied to SSCA for a landing flight permit for charter or non-scheduled flights.
Logistics Business Association (LOBA) president Chea Chandara confirmed that before COVID-19, air freight rates from Phnom Penh to the US generally ranged from $3.50-$3.80 per kilogramme, but reached $10 per kilogramme before prices of $5-$6 currently in 2021.
Cambodian Air Freight Cargo
There are a number of regional and international airlines operating air freight services to Cambodia including Cathay Pacific Cargo, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Cargo. Before COVID-19 hit in early 2020, Cambodia Post was using Thai Airways, Dragon Air, Malay Air, and ANA air for international deliveries.
The SSCA had also hoped to turn Sihanoukville into a major air freight hub before the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020 and all of the Cambodian airports have seen recent upgrades with additional new airports being constructed in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Koh Kong.