Key ac­tion steps

Cargo Talk - - Report -

a) Strengthen the Air Cargo Lo­gis­tics Pro­mo­tion Board (ACLPB): ACLPB can help in the or­gan­ised growth of this sec­tor by en­abling poli­cies and fa­cil­i­tat­ing planned de­vel­op­ment of air cargo hubs in the country. b) Air cargo to be af­forded in­fras­truc­ture

sta­tus as per the draft NCAP 2016. c) In­tro­duce the con­cept of Cargo Vil­lage at all hub air­ports. This would help con­sol­i­date all agen­cies, reg­u­la­tors, ser­vice providers and func­tion­al­i­ties within the air­port’s cargo fa­cil­ity and de­con­gest the cargo ter­mi­nals. d) As­sist in for­mu­lat­ing the Qual­ity of Ser­vice (QoS) pa­ram­e­ters for var­i­ous stake­hold­ers in the air-cargo sup­ply chain in­clud­ing ob­jec­tives such as re­duc­tion of cargo dwell time to be­low 24 hours by De­cem­ber 2016 and six hours by De­cem­ber 2017. e) Fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ment of Air Freight Sta­tions (AFS) - AFS was con­ceived as a means to re­duce con­ges­tion in the air­port premises, by per­mit­ting trans­fer of cargo to cus­toms no­ti­fied freight sta­tions. f) Fa­cil­i­tate ex­pan­sion of cargo fleet: Freighter air­crafts play a vi­tal role in in­creas­ing the cargo through­put of the country. There is no con­sis­tent pol­icy for al­lot­ment of ded­i­cated fa­cil­i­ties at any of the air­ports for ded­i­cated cargo air­crafts. There is lack of ded­i­cated ter­mi­nal space and fa­cil­i­ties for ex­press air­lines with limited scope for ad­e­quate ex­pan­sion. Re­stric­tion on night oper­a­tions and high lease rentals has made set­ting cargo air­craft oper­a­tions a costly propo­si­tion. There is an ur­gent need for pol­icy sup­port and ro­bust in­fras­truc­ture to en­sure ef­fi­cient freighter oper­a­tions in the country. g) Ded­i­cated cargo air­ports can be de­vel­oped to en­sure that cargo gets pri­or­ity. Th­ese air­ports would al­low peak op­er­a­tion dur­ing night hours, have good con­nec­tiv­ity with trans­port in­fras­truc­ture and would be close to in­dus­trial ar­eas to en­sure a crit­i­cal cus­tomer base for cargo. g) Ex­tend Risk Man­age­ment Sys­tem

(RMS) fa­cil­ity for ex­ports: RMS has shown ex­cel­lent re­sults on the im­ports side. Cus­toms au­thor­i­ties should con­sider in­tro­duc­ing RMS for ex­ports at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble, to min­imise con­ges­tion on the apron and the re­sul­tant dam­age and/or pil­fer­age. h) Sim­plify cus­toms pro­cesses and doc­u­men­ta­tion through full adop­tion of EDI (Elec­tronic Data In­ter­change): Cus­toms should go for full EDI adop­tion for im­port/ex­port reg­is­tra­tion, clear­ance, draw­back and e-pay­ment of duty. This might re­lease con­sid­er­able man­power/ man-hours in the ex­ist­ing pool, which can con­trib­ute in part for 24x7 oper­a­tions. i) Cus­toms and se­cu­rity poli­cies and pro­ce­dures for trans­ship­ment dif­fer at var­i­ous air­ports. There is an ur­gent need for stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of the same. j) A ma­jor thrust to­wards mi­grat­ing to pa­per­less en­vi­ron­ment can come from the pro­posed e-freight ini­tia­tive of IATA be­ing adopted in other coun­tries.

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