ACLPB holds its 4th meeting to update new initiatives
O n March 4, 2014, the Air Cargo Logistics Promotion Board (ACLPB) organised its 4th meeting at the ministry of Civil Aviation office, Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Ashok Lavasa, secretary, Civil Aviation. The meeting was attended by the representatives of industry associations and other stakeholders.
Major recent developments that took place across the country for air cargo industry include positioning of a Quarantine Officer at Coimbatore International Airport; MoCA’s initiative to take up the matter of cost recovery charges by customs with the concerned ministries and MoCA’s advice to AERA for frame rules for setting standards in respect of cargo handling and ground handling. At this meet, the AAI representative informed that regarding the long-term tenure (15 years) of express terminals, a tender for operation and management of common users’ express terminal had already been floated for two years as the old terminal building in which the space is provided was falling under expansion plans.
The ACLPB meeting also discussed the need of preparedness of Chennai Airport for complying with EU ACC3 by May 15, 2014. At this meeting, MIAL suggested reducing the free dwell-time for import cargo shipments from the existing 72 hours to 48 hours in airports, where 24x7 cargo operations are implemented effectively. However, other trade representatives opposed it on the ground that nearly 24 to 36 hours are lost in making cargo ready for delivery. On this point the secretary civil aviation advised that a small group comprising chairman, AAI, representatives one each from BAR India, APAO, ACAAI, and freight forwarder association of India would look into the issue and come out with their recommendations within two months.