BOSTON -- Afer a slow start, demand for air freight grew in late September.

Many carriers announced higher fuel surcharges, and transit cargo backlogs were reported in regional air hubs in Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

Most carriers in Asia expect demand to build later this month and carry forward through November as the peak shipping season kicks in.

In Southeast Asia, Trans Global Logistics reported increased demand for space from most

countries. Carriers have been raising rates or demanding express/priority service to maintain normal transit windows. Transit times have also been adversely impacted by congestion at regional transit hubs.

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