What made 2015 in­ter­est­ing

Cargo Talk - - Report -

In­dia is a vast coun­try and when we look at the lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems, there are many things to take care of. The govern­ment has also started tak­ing steps to dis­solve the prob­lems that the cargo agents, air­lines, ship­ping lines, air and sea port oper­a­tors are fac­ing. It is also the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the in­dus­try to de­lib­er­ate and turn up with the so­lu­tions. On the avi­a­tion front, the long pend­ing Civil Avi­a­tion pol­icy is yet to come out and govern­ment has also ex­tended the dead­line for the sug­ges­tions. Do­mes­tic Cargo Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (DACAAI) took the op­por­tu­nity and put for­ward the con­cerns of the do­mes­tic air cargo sec­tor. Ful­fill­ing the Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAIs) ob­jec­tive of build­ing 25 cargo ter­mi­nals across the coun­try, Gan­navaram in Andhra Pradesh is to get a cargo ter­mi­nal to im­prove the ex­port of per­ish­ables from Gan­navaram. AAI is also plan­ning to set up a sep­a­rate unit for cargo so as to fa­cil­i­tate busi­ness in this sec­tor. On the ship­ping front, the Min­istry of Ship­ping will soon is­sue a no­ti­fi­ca­tion to re­peal 13 old rules for the ship­ping in­dus­try. CARGOTALK speaks to few in­dus­try veter­ans to know which laws needs re­moval from the in­dus­try. And how new laws can change the face of this in­dus­try. Veter­ans say that change in the way busi­ness is done glob­ally has brought a need to relook at the way ship­ping in­dus­try func­tions. In­dia and Bangladesh also inked a Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dure to op­er­a­tionalise the agree­ment on coastal ship­ping. It was signed in June 2015. Con­sid­er­ing the im­por­tance of shelf life of per­ish­ables, In­dian In­sti­tute of Pack­ag­ing de­vel­oped a new tech­nol­ogy for meat to in­crease its shelf life. This would also bring down the en­ergy cost of meat ex­porters. Along th­ese lines, there is im­prove­ment in each and ev­ery ver­ti­cal of lo­gis­tics in­dus­try which is a sign that the in­dus­try and govern­ment are mak­ing ef­forts to take the in­dus­try to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

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