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Cargo in aircraft passenger cabins will no longer be accepted by China in the new year – a move expected to keep air freight rates high.

China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) said “only anti-epidemic-related items are allowed to be loaded in the cabin”.

It added: “At the same time, the new regulations also require that cabin seats cannot be removed to increase cargo space. Aircraft that have removed seats or are undergoing modification projects should be restored to their original configuration.”

The CAAC said the reason was “mainly for safe transport considerations, to avoid hidden transport safety hazards caused by the inability of the cargo in the cabin to be effectively fixed”.

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