Multiple verticals make India exciting
Unlike other Asian countries that have a limited scope for export cargo, India has multiple verticals that keep the market stimulated. Keki Patel, Cargo Manager (India & Nepal), Emirates SkyCargo, shares his insight into the world of cargo.
our customers and offer solutions that meet their export requirements. QWhat
kind of cargo does Emirates Skycargo take and bring into India?
India is blessed on the export front. We have different kind of verticals, unlike our neighbours such as Bangladesh or Sri Lanka that are limited to garments, or Pakistan that exports a lot of mangoes and handicrafts. When it comes to India, we have all the verticals. The biggest vertical for India is perishables which includes fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, flowers, eggs and day-old chicks. The next big vertical is pharmaceuticals–both temperaturecontrolled and non-temperature controlled which is why we decided to participate in one of the biggest pharmaceuticals exhibitions in India. The pharmaceutical industry has grown every year, between 15 to 20 per cent in the last five years for us.
Another vertical is the automobile sector where everything from finished cars to original equipment and spare parts are being exported from India. But the automobile sector that had seen a lull is now picking up again for us. Then come chemicals which includes dangerous goods. India manufactures a lot of chemicals which are fed into various industries across countries. Courier is a vertical; gem, jewellery and valuables is also a profitable vertical for us. Then you have freight of all kinds like project cargo, pets, animals for zoo exchange programmes. Electronics was a big vertical as well until Nokia shut down its operations. QWhich
Indian cities are covered by the airline? Currently, we service Mumbai and Ahmedabad in India. However, we are always on the lookout for expansion. We are looking at various cities like Hyderabad and Bengaluru. But the demand needs to justify the investment. QDo
you think e-freight will come into India? E-freight is an economical process to simplify businesses by eliminating paper, handling and processing expenses. The entire world is adopting paperless transactions and its time India should do. QAre
you looking at expanding cargo operations internationally?
Internationally, we are expanding constantly. Emirates SkyCargo expanded operations in Italy with a service to Bologna this October. This service brought our total destinations in Italy to four with 64 weekly flights. Top exports from Bologna include locally-made luxury Lamborghini and Ferrari vehicles. From February 1, 2016, we will also start service to Panama City, which will be Emirates’ first gateway in Central America. This route will be the world’s longest non-stop flight (17 hours 35 minutes in the Westbound direction) and the only one to offer First Class service. Our top export destinations include the UAE, Japan, China, India and Australia.