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Cargo Talk - - Report -

The In­dian air cargo in­dus­try is in a bal­anced up­swing. Af­ter sev­eral years of stag­na­tion, the air cargo busi­ness is grow­ing again. Pro­jec­tions and ini­tia­tives sug­gest that the coun­try has im­mense po­ten­tial to po­si­tion it­self in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. How­ever, this calls for col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts from ev­ery­one, be it stake­hold­ers, freight for­warders, air­lines or air­port op­er­a­tors. The idea is to de­velop more In­dian air­ports as in­ter­na­tional sky cargo hubs and up­grade them to in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.

The Air Cargo Fo­rum of In­dia (ACFI) sum­mit held in the cap­i­tal also dis­cussed the im­por­tance of designing air­ports as in­te­grated mul­ti­modal hubs, so that they pro­vide the best qual­ity ser­vices. We need more than one mul­ti­modal in­ter­na­tional air cargo hub with state-of-the-art in­fra­struc­ture to re­duce lo­gis­tics cost and dwell time. Dwell time is the cu­mu­la­tive re­sult of var­i­ous fac­tors and Cus­toms clear­ance plays cru­cial part in this re­gard.

At the sum­mit, of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion (MoCA) as­sured the in­dus­try of co­op­er­a­tion from the gov­ern­ment and asked the ACFI to fo­cus on three prob­lems such as con­ges­tion and dwell time, rather than push through a big wish list.

In this is­sue, we have also fo­cussed on the chal­lenges and mea­sures of coastal ship­ping. De­spite its huge coast­line and port con­nec­tiv­ity, In­dia is still lag­ging be­hind in ex­ploit­ing the coastal cargo po­ten­tial. On the other hand, the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust has also in­tro­duced pa­per­less trans­ac­tions at port gates.

On th­ese lines, there is an op­ti­mistic feel­ing in the In­dian cargo and lo­gis­tics San­Jeet in­dus­try as the sec­tor is get­ting Edi­torthe de­sired at­ten­tion from the gov­ern­ment as well as the as­sur­ance that ef­forts are be­ing put in to clear con­ges­tion and re­duc­ing dwell time.

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