One more do­mes­tic cargo ter­mi­nal

The In­dian air cargo sec­tor con­trib­utes an av­er­age of around 10% to the air­line in­dus­try’s rev­enue. In this sce­nario, the devel­op­ment of such cargo ter­mi­nals will fa­cil­i­tate ex­ports.

Cargo Talk - - Air Cargo -

Air­cargo rep­re­sents an av­er­age of about 10% of the air­line in­dus­try's rev­enue and about 35% of goods traded glob­ally are trans­ported by air. The civil avi­a­tion min­istry has iden­ti­fied 24 air­ports, in­clud­ing Sar­dar Val­lab­hb­hai Pa­tel In­ter­na­tional Air­port, for de­vel­op­ing ded­i­cated do­mes­tic air cargo ter­mi­nals.

The plans for cre­at­ing such cargo ter­mi­nals across the coun­try are in sync with the govern­ment's plans to cre­ate a na­tional lo­gis­tic net­work for a faster move­ment of goods.

"Cur­rently, one or two non­sched­uled cargo flights land at Ahmed­abad in a week. The ded­i­cated cargo ter­mi­nal will re­quire in­fra- struc­ture devel­op­ment as well in­clud­ing in­ven­tory ca­pac­ity build­ing," said RK Singh, Air­port Direc­tor, Sar­dar Val­lab­hb­hai Pa­tel In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

This is a step for­ward for the In­dian air cargo sec­tor and will give a boost to the ex­port­ing com­mu­nity. These ded­i­cated cargo ter­mi­nals at air­ports will re­duce dwell time and en­able ex­porters to de­liver in record time.

In 2013-14, the city air­port han­dled 51,637 tonnes of cargo, in­clud­ing gold and sil­ver, with over 60% of cargo com­ing from do­mes­tic sec­tor. “A ded­i­cated cargo ter­mi­nal will stream­line all the process and rates. This step will def­i­nitely boost cargo move­ment," said Sameer Mankad, direc­tor, Gu­jarat State Ex­ports Cargo Ltd (GSECL).

A study by Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia states that air cargo, at a growth rate of 5%, is ex­pected to reach 2,79,6000 MT by 2017-18. This fig­ure may go up to 4,14,2000 MT by 202223 at a growth rate of 8.2%.

Apart from the devel­op­ment of cargo ter­mi­nals, 24x7 cus­toms clear­ance fa­cil­ity for im­ports and ex­ports will help in cut­ting down cost and time.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter had said, "Faster clear­ance of im­port and ex­port cargo re­duces trans­ac­tion costs and im­proves busi­ness com­pet­i­tive­ness. To help achieve these ob­jec­tives, mea­sures are be­ing ini­ti­ated to ex­tend the ex­ist­ing 24x7 cus­toms clear­ance fa­cil­ity in re­spect of spec­i­fied im­port and ex­port goods.”

Arun Jait­ley

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