Head – Cargo, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL)
Though the cargo village concept is new in India, it is a well adopted norm in Amsterdam, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.
A cargo village is a tier – II infrastructure comprising warehousing facility for freight forwarders and logistics players. It complements the air cargo terminals with faster processing since major storage areas move into the freight forwarders facility.
Cargo terminals are then rightfully used as processing units rather than storage units. Consequently, freight forwarders are equipped with good infrastructure for consolidation and value added services.
On the investment front, developing a cargo village requires significant infrastructure, with a dedicated vision to promote cargo. This concept can help in increasing the throughput at the cargo terminals, thereby releasing more capacity and building more efficiency into the system. I feel, it is a great solution to bring more efficiency to the air cargo supply chain.