What made 2015 interesting
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.