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Cargo Talk - - Air Freight -

There is a def­i­nite up­beat feel­ing in the In­dian cargo and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try. With the Gov­ern­ment fo­cussing on the need of more cargo ter­mi­nals and im­proved in­fra­struc­ture, In­dian lo­gis­tics in­dus­try has much rea­son to hope for bet­ter days ahead.

For the first time, the avi­a­tion min­istry has re­ceived an invitation from a state gov­ern­ment to visit and re­solve its prob­lems of civil avi­a­tion. The Mad­hya Pradesh state gov­ern­ment has iden­ti­fied the need of ex­clu­sive cargo ter­mi­nals at In­dore and Bhopal to make the trans­porta­tion of per­ish­able prod­ucts eas­ier. With th­ese ini­tia­tives, one can ex­pect that other states will also follow suit to im­prove their own in­fra­struc­ture, and un­der­stand the need and ad­van­tage of in­creas­ing cargo ca­pac­ity.

The Gov­ern­ment has also asked Cen­tral Ware­hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (CWC) to set up Air Freight Sta­tions (AFS) in 10 busy cargo traf­fic ci­ties to de­con­gest the ex­ist­ing air cargo ter­mi­nals. In fact, un­der­stand­ing the fact that this is a cap­i­tal in­ten­sive project, it has of­fered the CWC to re­model the ex­ist­ing Con­tainer Freight Sta­tions (CFS) to AFS on pi­lot ba­sis.

On the other hand, be­sides im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity, set­ting up new cargo ter­mi­nals, open­ing up trade is as im­por­tant as a task. The re­cent visit of China’s Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping to In­dia has sig­nalled ope­ing the flood-gates to many business op­por­tu­ni­ties to the na­tion.

With the cur­rent resur­gence in e-com­merce in­dus­try and hopes of GST im­ple­men­ta­tion by next fi­nan­cial year, the in­dus­try is get­ting ready for a revo­lu­tion in the coun­try. And on th­ese lines, we need more in­vest­ment to shore up the state of our ever-nascent lo­gis­tics and cargo in­dus­try to a re­spectable one which be­fits a coun­try of bil­lion and more.

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