Transporting Swiss chocolate and holiday cheer by air:

Swiss WorldCargo conncects homes and hearts during the holidays

The smell and taste of the holiday season when it comes around is incomparable. It's a time when the air buzzes with excitement and anticipation, and the world comes alive with the spirit of giving and sharing. This festive frenzy is embodied also by Swiss chocolate and heartfelt seasonal mail. They're a connection, a taste of home, a shared celebration even when miles apart.

Published 22 December 2023 by Cargo Marketing and Communications


Swiss WorldCargo, the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines, steps in right here with a mission of not just moving containers; we're transporting emotions, carefully handling the delicate chocolate known for its rich flavor and quality, and ensuring that every piece of holiday mail arrives to bring smiles and warmth. Our role is to understand the sentiment behind each shipment, ensuring that every delivery is not just timely but also carries the joy and spirit of the season. Below is the story how.  

Taste of Switzerland: Why swiss chocolate reigns supreme

The taste of Switzerland is world-famous Swiss chocolate that melts in your mouth. A deeper dive into the history and process behind it adds context and substance as to why:  

  • By 1905, Switzerland produced 15,000 tons of chocolate annually, with a significant exported globally.
  • Swiss chocolate is subject to some of the highest quality regulations in the world, ensuring refined techniques from tree packaging.
  • Swiss chocolate is more than a product; it's a big part of Swiss culture. It enjoys the world's highest per capita consumption rate, with most of its chocolate consumed domestically.

Beyond chocolate: Diverse holiday cargo

The holiday season's surge in air cargo demand also extends far beyond traditional chocolate treats to diverse products. These overall trends reflect the evolving dynamics of global trade and consumer behavior.



Electronics, toys, and fashion items

The online shopping surge, particularly in electronics, toys, and fashion, has significantly boosted air cargo demand. As per the International Air Transport Association (IATA), global e-commerce, surpassing $4.4 trillion in 2021, is expected to soar to $7.4 trillion by 2025, and help diversify air freight beyond traditional electronics to include other items needing rapid delivery like clothing and home goods. However, this trend peaks even more during the holiday season. For instance, the 2022 holidays saw global online consumer spending hit a staggering $1.14 trillion. Retail sales in the same season saw a 4.8% year-over-year growth, with a similar 4.5% increase anticipated for the 2023 holidays.


The rise in holiday mail volume

The holiday season also means a remarkable surge in mail volumes. In 2022, the United States Postal Service (USPS) handled over 11.7 billion mailpieces and packages, with more than 13.2 billion letters, cards, flats, and packages moving between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, making it one of the most bustling holiday seasons for postal services in recent memory.  

Swiss World Cargo's expertise doesn't go on holidays

Swiss World Cargo's role as a world-leading air freight specialist is present all year long, non-stop as well during the holidays.

For instance, during Valentine's Day, the high demand for fresh-cut flowers is met with our expertise, ensuring roses, tulips, and other flowers arrive in perfect condition. How? All thanks to our Zurich Hub minimizing exposure to outside variables and maintaining ideal conditions​​​​​.  

Meeting diverse customer needs

At Swiss WorldCargo, we understand the importance of connecting hearts and homes, especially during the holiday season. Our expertise in e-commerce and mail services truly shines when it comes to delivering holiday cards and gifts. Each item we handle is a cherished bond being carefully carried across continents. With our advanced tracking system, we ensure transparency for our customers, letting them follow their package every step of the way. Our efficient air mail services, powered by our state-of-the-art Zurich hub, are committed to timely deliveries. 

Delivering holiday wonders with Swiss WorldCargo

Swiss WorldCargo, far more than a logistics provider, is the link in this chain of holiday celebrations, ensuring that everything from Swiss chocolates to heartfelt seasonal mail travels across continents to spread joy without a hitch. Our commitment to preserving the quality and essence of every item we transport reflects a deep understanding of what these symbols mean to not only Switzerland but people worldwide. It's a story of more than just shipping goods; it's about delivering happiness, bridging distances, and keeping the spirit of the holidays alive.

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