ACLPB holds its 4th meet­ing to up­date new ini­tia­tives

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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.

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