Winds of change!

Cargo Talk - - Report -

There is a feel­ing of op­ti­mism in the In­dian cargo and lo­gis­tics sec­tor. The Draft Civil Avi­a­tion Pol­icy re­leased by the Civil Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter fo­cusses on bright­en­ing the cargo sec­tor’s space to raise it to its full po­ten­tial. The idea to de­velop the air cargo sec­tor by de­vel­op­ing six metro air­ports as re­gional cargo hubs, in­te­grat­ing mul­ti­modal trans­port fa­cil­i­ties, cold chains and other com­mod­ity spe­cific re­quire­ments and turn­around time for cargo to up­grade them to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards have given the much­needed hope for bet­ter days ahead.

The 41st ACAAI Con­ven­tion held in Shang­hai also dis­cussed the gasp­ing changes tak­ing place in the air cargo sec­tor and the prob­lems pos­ing as hin­drances to the pace of growth in this sec­tor. The con­cept and con­se­quences of com­part­men­tal­i­sa­tion of the air­line and freight for­ward­ing com­mu­ni­ties were also dis­cussed.

The port sec­tor, on the other hand, is call­ing for re­vi­sion of the pol­icy guide­lines. The ar­chaic and re­stric­tive poli­cies is­sued by TAMP have only hin­dered the growth of ma­jor ports and there is a dire need to free them from the reg­u­la­tory regime to en­able them to com­pete with the fast ex­pand­ing non-ma­jor ports.

The ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign will def­i­nitely have a lot to give to the in­dus­try, the need sim­ply is to take right steps to make this project suc­cess­ful, there is a need to cre­ate state-of-the-art in­fra­struc­ture for all ver­ti­cals in­clud­ing rail, road, sea and air trans­porta­tion.

On the other hand, the de­mand of the cargo and lo­gis­tics sec­tor has been an ad­e­quately skilled man­power base. This is not only the re­spon­si­bil­ity of com­pa­nies but also the gov­ern­ment. We all are in­clined to think that de­mo­graphic div­i­dend is im­por­tant but it be­comes a li­a­bil­ity if we are not ca­pa­ble to train and ed­u­cate our youth.

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