Cargo Vil­lage: Lo­gis­tics con­cen­tra­tion un­der one roof?

Cargo Talk - - Front Page - KALPANA LOHUMI

Air­port in­fra­struc­ture is al­ways an area of con­cern for the air cargo in­dus­try. A cargo vil­lage is a place where en­tire air cargo fra­ter­nity comes un­der one roof, and all re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties are in­cor­po­rated. CARGOTALK speaks to air­ports, air­lines and freight for­warders to gather an in­sight into this con­cept. Is the ground set for such fa­cil­i­ties in our coun­try? Read on to find out which way the de­bate swings…

San­jiv Ku­mar Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor – Cargo, Air In­dia

Cargo vil­lages will cer­tainly bring re­lief on the in­fra­struc­ture front. They will func­tion as lo­gis­tics con­cen­tra­tion points, cov­er­ing a range of ac­tiv­i­ties like pack­ing, re-pack­ing, ware­hous­ing, truck park­ing and break-bulk ser­vices. They also pro­vide bet­ter trans­port fa­cil­i­ties, speed­ier cus­toms clear­ances and are ex­pected to re­duce both han­dling costs and time. For en­hanced ef­fi­ciency, con­sign­ments dis­patched from the cargo vil­lage to the air­port should be in “ready for car­riage” con­di­tion. The cargo vil­lage at Ben­galuru cov­ers not only the above, but also pro­vides con­fer­ence rooms, bank­ing fa­cil­i­ties and truck park­ing lots.

How­ever, in­fra­struc­ture needs to be ad­dressed for cargo vil­lages to be suc­cess­ful. The Ben­galuru cargo vil­lage suf­fered ini­tially due to de­lays in com­mence­ment, high rentals, un­avail­abil­ity of proper ware­house fa­cil­i­ties, prob­lems with in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity and trans­ship­ment is­sues. These need to be re­solved in ad­vance for the up­com­ing cargo vil­lages.

Fur­ther­more, the vil­lage should have an in­ter­modal ter­mi­nal, with ac­cess to ma­jor freight move­ment cor­ri­dors as well as to the near­est seaport. This will al­low quick, flex­i­ble move­ment of cargo be­tween ware­house, wharf and des­ti­na­tion, by both rail and road.

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