Need bonded ware­houses for agents for smooth cargo flow

Cargo han­dling pro­ce­dures at In­dian air­ports have come a long way. There has been a huge im­prove­ment in the way the han­dling takes place, es­pe­cially at the five ma­jor cities in In­dia viz Delhi, Mum­bai, Chen­nai, Hy­der­abad and Ben­galuru, ob­served Erdal Kose

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The air cargo in­dus­try is wit­ness­ing bet­ter cargo han­dling mech­a­nism es­pe­cially in the IGI air­port, Delhi ow­ing to the two ware­house oper­a­tors— Celebi and DCSC, who are striv­ing to give an en­hanced-qual­ity ser­vice. Sig­nif­i­cantly, Delhi is now the only air­port in In­dia which is an e-freight cer­ti­fied air­port. Other two air­ports, which are in the process of fin­ish­ing, are Ben­galuru and Hy­der­abad. Ac­cord­ing to Kose, cus­toms have also taken an ini­tia­tive to­wards the smooth flow of works at these air­ports, wherein ship­ments which have an in­voice value of less then

` 1 mil­lion, or where the draw­back amount is less than ` 1 lakh, or those ship­ments which are duty-free, and not ex­am­ined or ran­domly ex­am­ined 100 per cent.

On the flip side, Kose pointed out that the ma­jor chal­lenge that still needs to be done away with is the in­fra­struc­ture is­sue. In ad­di­tion, the Cus­toms pro­ce­dures in other ma­jor In­dian air­ports still takes more time than what it takes at the ma­jor air­ports across the world. The main rea­son be­hind that is the lack of big X- ray ma­chines that can X- ray the com­plete pal­let or the odd size cargo. Apart from that, cus­toms are not ready for the BUP con­cept. On the other hand, the ware­house works more as a stor­age fa­cil­ity rather than a tran­sit­ing point, whereas, ware­houses at ma­jor air­ports are thriv­ing to be a tran­sit­ing point rather than pro­vid­ing stor­age fa­cil­ity.

Com­ment­ing on the pro­ce­dural has­sles at Delhi air­port for ex­am­ple, Kose also pointed out that as Delhi is pri­mar­ily a gar­ments mar­ket, each ship­ment has around aver­age 200-300 pcs, which are first off­loaded from the truck at the ware­house gate to com­plete the nec­es­sary pro­cesses— count­ing, weigh­ing and tak­ing the di­men­sions of all pieces be­fore putting them in bonded area af­ter the cus­toms ex­am­i­na­tion and lo­cat­ing them. All this process takes ap­prox­i­mately four-five hours which is con­sid­er­ably more than what it takes at the ma­jor air­ports across the world. “If these ship­ments come loaded on a pal­let or container as BUP from agents to the ware­house it will re­duce con­sid­er­able time in han­dling at the air­port,” he un­der­lined. Ac­cord­ingly, the ware­house op­er­a­tor will have to han­dle just one ULD in­stead of han­dling a large num­ber of loose

If the agencies hand over the ship­ments to the air­port’s ware­house, af­ter com­plet­ing their nec­es­sary pro­cesses in the bonded ware­houses, the work­load of the air­port’s com­mon user’s ware­house can be light­ened”

Erdal Kose Re­gional Cargo Man­ager, North & East In­dia, Turk­ish Cargo

pieces. It will also re­duce a lot of ir­reg­u­lar­ity in terms of count­ing and pieces left be­hind in the load­ing process, etc. “The time saved in the han­dling/clear­ance of cargo can be passed onto the cus­tomer by ex­tend­ing the cargo ac­cep­tance time,” he added. Apart from this, the agents in In­dia still don’t have the bonded ware­house which can also play a ma­jor role in fa­cil­i­tat­ing smooth flow of cargo move­ment.

He firmly be­lieves that if Cus­toms can recog­nise the BUP con­cept and pro­mote more of these ideas where less han­dling is in­volved at the air­port there will def­i­nitely be an im­prove­ment in smooth flow of cargo han­dling. It will re­duce the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and clear­ance time con­sid­er­ably. “If the agencies hand over the ship­ments to the air­port’s ware­house, af­ter com­plet­ing their nec­es­sary pro­cesses in their bonded ware­houses, the work­load of the air­port’s com­mon user’s ware­house can be light­ened,” he stressed.

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