Mus­cat-Delhi: In­creased cargo rates

Cargo agents, who de­liver goods at the door steps of In­dian ex­pa­tri­ates, have de­cided to raise their door-todoor air cargo charge. All the air­lines op­er­at­ing in Mus­cat-New Delhi sec­tor have a quota for car­goes.

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The new door-to-door air cargo de­liv­ery charges from Mus­cat to New Delhi have been in­creased to RO1.300 per kg with ef­fect from April 1. The price rise was an­nounced by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 35 cargo agen­cies in Mus­cat re­cently.

In­creased cargo rates by air­lines and hike in trans­porta­tion costs are some of the rea­sons cited by agents for the de­ci­sion. Be­sides, there has also been an in­crease in cargo han­dling charges at Mus­cat air­port. In­dia now al­lows such car­goes only at the New Delhi air­port and the cargo agents have to dis­patch their con­sign­ments to other states from Delhi air­port.

In­dian ex­pa­tri­ates work­ing over­seas are mak­ing use of a gov­ern­ment fa­cil­ity to send gift

`20,000 parcels not ex­ceed­ing in to­tal value to their friends and fam­ily mem­bers. The non-res­i­dents In­di­ans de­pend on door-to-door agents for de­liv­er­ing such gifts.

It takes any­where be­tween 15 and 25 days for cargo agents to de­liver a par­cel, af­ter book­ing in Mus­cat. Few in­dus­try veter­ans told how this is go­ing to af­fect the trade be­tween the two coun­tries. “Com­pared to gen­eral cost of liv­ing the in­crease of 100 baisa is not a phe­nom­e­nal in­crease in an in­dus­try which has been plagued with de­clin­ing yields and in­crease in costs. I don’t think it will have any ma­jor ef­fect on the trade be­tween the two coun­tries. At the most, for a few weeks, the traf­fic vol­umes might come down and then pick up again. The fact re­mains that New Delhi is a land­locked city and there are not many other di­rect al­ter­na­tives with­out in­cur­ring more costs and time. At the end of the day, rates will find its own lev­els in a free mar­ket en­vi­ron­ment and will flow from and too via routes which are more cost ef­fi­cient,” says Ram Me­nen, Re­tired Avi­a­tion and Air Cargo Ex­ec­u­tive.

“To­day, em­brac­ing avail­able tech­nol­ogy can greatly sim­plify trade start­ing from pro­duc­tion to lo­gis­tics to trans­porta­tion and the bor­der clear­ance pro­cesses. Time is money and the more sim­pli­fi­ca­tions brought in, the bet­ter cost ef­fi­cien­cies it will pro­duce. Tak­ing the pa­per out of trans­ac­tions in it­self will go a long way in sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of all as­pects of com­merce,” adds Me­nen.

On a sim­i­lar note, Bharat Thakkar, Past Pres­i­dent and Per­ma­nent Mem­ber–Board of Ad­viser, ACAAI and Joint Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Zeus Air Ser­vices, says, “Air freight is prime ser­vice be­tween In­dia and Oman and

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