Xeneta for Air Freight uses a geo hierarchy system to provide rate aggregation on different sized geographic regions. For example, you may want to see the average rate from an entire origin city to the destination, rather than a single airport. Additionally, you can also aggregate on larger areas such as the airport's country or geographic grouping within a continent.
When Xeneta does not have a rate available on a particular day that a trade lane is searched, we may search for airports within the closest area for the origin or destination.
As an example, we can look at the trade lane consisting of Shanghai (SHA) to Frankfurt (FRA). If there are no available valid rates from Shanghai to Frankfurt, we will then look for rates from within the entire city of Shanghai to Frankfurt. In this case, we may have rates from Shanghai (PVG) to Frankfurt (FRA) instead. When we do this kind of aggregation, a colored icon typically appears next to the search results to indicate that the rate has been bumped up to a larger geographic area in the aggregation (icon shown below).
By clicking on the icon, you can see the exact aggregation that was used, whether the origin, destination, or both were bumped up to a higher geographic level.