Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, was named Best Air Cargo Carrier Middle East for the 17th consecutive year at the Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA). The AFSCA awards in Shanghai, organized by transport and logistics newspaper Cargonews Asia, are widely regarded as the most authoritative and prestigious awards for the industry in Asia.

“We are honoured to have received the award again and the recognition of the continued success of Emirates SkyCargo by our industry is a great honour,” said Michael Qu, Emirates’ Cargo Manager China, who collected the award.

“Asia, and China in particular, is a key market for Emirates SkyCargo and remains an area of huge trading potential. With our network continually growing and fleet expanding, we can support Chinese customers with enhanced levels of connectivity, flexibility, reliability, as well as provide them with tailored products and services to the Middle East and onwards, especially to Africa.”

According to the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Trade, trade between the UAE and China has grown by 35 per cent annually in the past decade to $35 billion in 2011, despite the global economic downturn, thus placing the UAE as the second largest trading partner of China in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, bilateral trade grew from $10.6 billion in 2000 to $160 billion in 2011, and Chinese investment in Africa rose from tens of millions of dollars to over $10 billion. China has become Africa’s largest trading partner, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.