DHL’s air cargo plans in 3 states
The company is planning to open facilities in five to six new locations within the next nine months. It has 32 facilities in 22 cities, and would also open facilities in Mysore and Moradabad in one month.
DHL Express India is negotiating for space to set up exclusive air cargo terminals in Mumbai, Kolkata and Gujarat.
Sandeep Juneja, Vice-President, Commercial, DHL Express India said, “The company, which has cargo terminals in Delhi and Bangalore, at present, operates five cargo flights per day with each one carrying about 100 tonnes of freight.”
With access to 19 dedicated DHL network flights and 100 commercial flights per week now, wanted to set up more terminals and were in negotiations in Mumbai and Kolkata.
Gujarat, which was witnessing 25 per cent of total exports of the country, would also be the next location for the company, he said. DHL, with about 10 per cent yearon-year growth in volumes making about seven million shipments in 2013 and a double digit increase in the first six months of the current year, is also expanding its cargo handling facilities across the Country in a phased manner, he added.
The company is planning to open facilities in five to six new locations within the next nine months, Juneja said, adding, the company has 32 facilities in 22 cities, and would also open facilities in Mysore and Moradabad in one month. An additional facility would also come up in Bangalore. DHL started direct facilities in Faridabad, Ludhiana and Kanpur in the current year and had opened new facilities in Sriperumbudur and Chandigarh.
Stating that logistics accounted for 13 per cent of the overall costs for companies in India, he however said that they were only six to seven per cent globally.
"If GST (Goods and Services Tax) is in place, logistics costs would come down in India," Juneja said.
Sandeep Juneja Vice-President, Commercial, DHL Express India