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.

Cargo Talk - - Aircraft - Keki Pa­tel

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.

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