MIAL lays foundation for Export Heavy & Bonded Cargo facility
Stepping up efforts to facilitate trade and expedite shipments, the Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (MIAL) organised the foundation laying ceremony for its new Export Heavy and Bonded Cargo facility recently.
The 4,300 sqm facility which is slated for completion within a year will comprise 11 truck docks, 7 dock levelers, 6 x-ray machines and 24x7 CCTV and security monitoring. Equipped with dedicated material handling equipment, the facility will offer exclusive acceptance dock and screening machine for bonded cargo operations.
Chief Guest B.S Vasudev, Chief Commissioner of Customs, laid the foundation stone. Roopam Kapoor, Commissioner of Customs, Export; Ravinder
Saroop, Commissioner of Customs, Import and Charudatta Deshmukh, Director-Urban Planning, MIAL, were the guests of honour.
The occasion saw a large turnout of representatives from the air cargo fraternity such as Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI), Brihanmumbai Customs House Agents Association ( BCHAA), Board of Airline representatives ( BAR), Federation of Freight Forwarders Association of India ( FFFAI), Indian Merchants Chamber ( IMC), Airlines, Freight Forwarders & Bonded Trucking Companies.
Welcoming guests, Manoj Singh, VP, Cargo, MIAL, said, “Commissioning of Export Heavy and Bonded Cargo facility will enhance the throughput capacity of Export handling. This facility is part of our ongoing infrastructure development to keep pace with the rapid growth of air cargo export business at CSIA, Mumbai.”
He further added that the commissioning of the facility will also address the long standing request from bonded trucking companies for an exclusive facility for bonded
The occasion saw a large turnout of representatives from the air cargo fraternity such as ACAAI, BCHAA, BAR, FFFAI, Indian Merchants’ Chamber, airlines, freight forwarders and more.
cargo trucked from hinterland cities using CSIA, Mumbai as gateway.
Addressing guests, Vasudev expressed immense pleasure at the progress achieved by Mumbai Air Cargo Terminal over the years. He also commended MIAL for promoting the requisite infrastructure for the trade.
Kapoor said, “The new facility is another milestone for MIAL which has successfully operationalised several projects over the past three years to support the growing air cargo business at Mumbai. These include the Perishable Cargo Terminal for exports, refrigerated containers for temperature controlled cargo, the country’s largest Import cold zone.” He added that the export air cargo business at Mumbai has immense growth potential and expressed his confidence that the upcoming export projects will cope with the future growth and demand.
Saroop appreciated that Mumbai Air Cargo Terminal has witnessed significant infrastructure development over the past few years in keeping with the increasing trade requirements and hoped it would be a continuous endeavour.
Deshmukh said, “The proposed facility, once commissioned will be one of its kind with a direct landside access and is an integral part of MIAL’s Cargo Master Plan.”
Singh, while appreciating all the stakeholders for their active participation, added that MIAL’s vision of creating a world-class air cargo facility has always been strengthened by the valuable feedback, opinions and cooperation received from Customs authorities, ACAAI, BCHAA, FFFAI, IMC, FIEO, bonded trucking companies and other transporters.