Time to rise!
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.