SHANGHAI: The Singapore delegation at Cargonews Asia’s 26th Asian Freight & Supply Chain awards in Shanghai recently had plenty to celebrate as they captured 11 awards in the annual event.
Shanghai’s Four Seasons Hotel was the venue for this year’s AFSCAs – organised by market leading transport and logistics newspaper Cargonews Asia – and several hundred top transport, logistics and supply chain executives from around the region gathered to celebrate the event.
Singapore Changi Airport kept its perfect record intact, taking home the Best Airport Asia award for the 26th time, while adding the Best Green Airport title to its overflowing trophy cabinet. The airport’s maritime counterpart, the Port of Singapore, picked up the Best Seaport Asia as well as the Best Green Service Provider Seaport awards.
PSA landed three awards – Best Global Container Terminal Operating Company, Best Container Terminal Asia (over 4 million TEUs) and Best Container Terminal Europe for its PSA Antwerp operation in Belgium.
Singapore Airlines Cargo was the Best Air Cargo Carrier Asia, APL was voted Best Shipping Line Transpacific and SATS received the Best Air Cargo Terminal Asia award.
The contest for Best Express Operator is always a fierce contest between DHL and FedEx, but DHL maintained its grip on the trophy this year. The integrator also took home awards for Best 3PL (third-party logistics provider) and Best Logistics Service Provider Air Freight.
FedEx won Best All Cargo Airline, while GAC took the title of Best Logistics Provider Project Cargo.
In the hotly contested Green Service Provider awards, DB Schenker won Best Green Logistics Operator, Hamburg Sud took the Best Green Shipping Line title and Cathay Pacific won Best Green Airline.
Danish carrier Maersk Line continued its dominance of the Best Global Shipping Line category while also winning the Best Shipping Line Asia Europe award.
The Middle East also recorded impressive results at the 26th AFSCAs. Emirates SkyCargo retained its Best Air Cargo Carrier Middle East title, Dubai International Airport held on to the Best Airport Middle East award, and the Port of Jebel Ali kept the trophy for Best Seaport Middle East.
An interesting first time winner was China’s Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport that was voted Best Emerging Airport Asia by readers of Cargonews Asia. The booming central Chinese city has seen air cargo volumes growing rapidly as airlines introduce freighter services to the hilltop airport.