Special Announcement
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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been ranked as the busiest airport for international air cargo since 1996. In 2015, HKIA handled 4.38 million tonnes of freight, which accounted for 40%, or HK$3,020 billion, of the total value of Hong Kong's external trade.  Today, HKIA is one of the most important aviation centres for the Chinese Mainland, providing efficient and reliable air cargo services with the highest standards of safety and security. HKIA's advantages as an air cargo hub include:

  • Free port policy
  • Strategic geographic location
  • Excellent connectivity and accessibility
  • Extensive IT application
  • High safety and security
  • Sufficient cargo capacity
  • Efficient cargo operation
  • Competitive costs

Currently HKIA provides 43 parking stands for cargo aircraft. We aim to provide the "best-value" services to airport users in the most efficient and effective manner possible. This is achieved by working closely with business partners and by undertaking numerous other initiatives designed to enhance and expand the airport's capabilities.

Collaboration with air cargo industry

The airport plays an active role in the Cargo Facilitation Committee, which organises quarterly meetings to review air cargo handling operations and performance. Other committee members include:

  • Carrier Liaison Group (CLG)
  • Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics Ltd. (HAFFA)
  • Hong Kong Customs & Excise Department (C&ED)
  • Asia Airfreight Terminal Co Ltd. (AAT)
  • Chu Kong Air-Sea Union Transportation Co Ltd. (CKSA)
  • DHL Aviation (HK) Ltd. (DHL)
  • Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (HACTL)
  • Cathay Pacific Services Ltd. (CPSL)

Streamlined customs

A fast and efficient customs process is critical to Hong Kong and its economy. HKIA expedites clearance by providing integrated Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) linkage between the eight major air cargo operators and the Customs & Excise Department (C&ED). Benefits include:

  • Allowing pre-arrival customs clearance, covering all types of cargo down to “house” airway bill level;
  • Providing a “priority consignments” facility and automatic assignment of default constraint codes; and
  • Enabling authorised service providers to provide cross boundary bonded truck services to Mainland China.

Mainland integration

To strengthen the role of HKIA as the preferred cargo hub, cargo depots have been set up at strategic locations in the Pearl River Delta. The aim of this initiative is to reach out to cargo sources, and to facilitate the flow of goods via Hong Kong, enhancing HKIA’s role as a premier supply chain together in China.

International recognition

HKIA’s air cargo excellence has won widespread international recognition, including:

  • 2006 – 2016 Air Cargo Award of Excellence by Air Cargo World
  • 2015 Best Airport - Asia by Asia Cargo News
  • 2014 – 2015 Asia Pacific Airport of the Year - Industry Choice by Payload Asia
  • 2014 Best Green Airport by Cargonews Asia
  • 2007 – 2011 Asian Airport Efficiency Excellence Award by Air Transport Research Society
  • 2008 Cargo Airport of the Year by STAT Times
  • 2007 International Airport of the Year by Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation
  • 2005 & 2007 Most Friendly Airport for Cargo by the Federation of Asia Pacific Aircargo Associations (FAPAA)
  • 2002 – 2004 Cargo Airport of the Year – Far East by Air Cargo News
  • 2002 – 2003 Cargo Airport of the Year by Air Cargo News

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