DACAAI Con­ven­tion: Do­mes­tic Air cargo agents find ways to ar­rest the de­cline

The Do­mes­tic Air Cargo Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (DACAAI), which held its 4th Trade Con­ven­tion on Au­gust 9 in Delhi, dis­cussed many ways how to counter the suc­ces­sive de­cline of do­mes­tic air cargo move­ment in the coun­try. In­dus­try vet­eran and Chair­man,

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dur­ing last cou­ple of years, the do­mes­tic air cargo agents have been un­der tremen­dous pres­sure be­cause of re­duced vol­ume of cargo and drop in yields. There has been a sharp shift of cus­tomer pro­files, changes in mode of op­er­a­tion and emer­gence of new seg­ments and ar­eas (ie T-II and T-III cities). In ad­di­tion, lack of in­fra­struc­ture for do­mes­tic air cargo op­er­a­tions, se­cu­rity has­sles and over­all ap­a­thy from fa­cil­i­ta­tors, com­pelled trade prac­ti­tion­ers to have an­other look at their prod­ucts, ser­vices and their ca­pa­bil­ity to sat­isfy emerg­ing cus­tomers.

“Yes, the do­mes­tic air cargo in­dus­try is run­ning through rough weather. It should also be re­mem­bered that the pre­vail­ing sce­nario is the re­flec­tion of the present world and In­dian econ­omy, as well as the chang­ing re­quire­ments of cus­tomers. The sit­u­a­tion is de­mand­ing as well as chal­leng­ing,” said Jani.

He how­ever, un­der­line the fact that this cy­cle will see an end very soon, and there will be sub­stan­tial con­sump­tion (and hence cargo move­ment) in due course of time. And, this time there will be huge growth from Tier-II and Tier-III cities. “Air cargo will be the ma­jor ben­e­fi­ciary. It is seen in the world’s de­vel­oped coun­tries like USA, that de­spite a very strong sur­face net­work in this coun­try, air cargo plays a very im­por­tant role with al­most 100 per cent load fac­tor, as com­pared to lit­tle more than 60 per cent load fac­tor in In­dia,” he pointed out.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the prob­lem lies in the lack of ba­sic, suit­able in­fra­struc­ture, and ser­vices of­fered by in­dus­try stake­hold­ers. In ad­di­tion, there is a dire need of ex­plor­ing new rev­enue-gen­er­at­ing ideas. “The do­mes­tic cargo agents have to change their way of busi­ness, and add new prod­ucts and ser­vices to grow in the years to come. The en­tire dis­tri­bu­tion net­work will see a sea-change be­cause of new de­vel­op­ments tak­ing place (viz mul­ti­modal trans­port sys­tem, GST and DFC). Go from air­port-to-air­port to end-to-end so­lu­tions,” Jani sug­gested. Also, he em­pha­sised on skilled man­power de­vel­op­ment to cater to the fu­ture lo­gis­tics de­mand. At present, the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try needs half a mil­lion skilled man­power units across the coun­try.

Later speak­ing to Car­gotalk, Gau­rav Ghuwale­wala, Pres­i­dent, DACAAI in­formed that the Con­ven­tion was fo­cussed on search­ing for new av­enues and skill de­vel­op­ment. “We had a very fruit­ful in­ter­ac­tion at this con­ven­tion, com­bin­ing all stake-hold­ers of the do­mes­tic air cargo in­dus­try from across the coun­try. We will con­tinue the process through the year by or­gan­is­ing sem­i­nars, work­shops and train­ing ses­sions to ben­e­fit our mem­bers and the in­dus­try as a whole,” he said.

The Con­ven­tion was also ad­dressed by Deepak Brara, Di­rec­tor Com­mer­cial, Air In­dia; Amit Gulati, DACAAI; Vi­jay Kumar, COO, EICI; Tamil Ra­jan, Lo­gis­tics Con­sul­tant, Firstcry.com; He­manth DP, COO, Air­port Sec­tor, GMR HIAL; Amit Ba­jaj, GS, DACAAI; Ha­reen­dranathan, ED Cargo, AAI; Rad­hara­manan Pan­icker, CEO, CSC In­dia; K Ram­mo­han, Se­nior GM, Jet Air­ways; K Ravin­dran, Head Safety and Se­cu­rity, HMACPL; Govin­dara­jan Bashyam, Su­raj Agar­wal, VP, DACAAI and sev­eral other in­dus­try prac­ti­tion­ers.

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