Cargo Talk - - Cover Story -

The first chal­lenge/ op­por­tu­nity comes from in­cred­i­ble growth of e-com­merce, and record on­line sales asks for im­proved ser­vice lev­els. The e-com­merce is about to ex­plode in In­dia. And, the op­por­tu­nity is huge.

Air cargo con­nec­tiv­ity, on a par with pas­sen­ger con­nec­tiv­ity un­der the RCS in the civil avi­a­tion pol­icy, should also be brought un­der the armpit of the gov­ern­ment pol­icy to make op­ti­mum util­i­sa­tion of the cre­ated ca­pac­ity, avail­able on smaller air­craft de­ployed un­der the scheme.

Cre­ation of bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture at air­ports with ad­e­quate cargo han­dling ca­pac­ity for ex­ports and im­ports, en­hance­ment of fa­cil­i­ties for the mul­ti­modal trans­porta­tion of goods (sea-air/air-sea).

Cre­ation of good road in­fra­struc­ture for the speedy move­ment of goods from in­dus­trial hubs to air­ports, upgra­da­tion of air­ports in Tier II and Tier III for op­er­a­tion of larger air­craft di­rectly from th­ese cities to do­mes­tic/ in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

There are no ser­vice Level pa­ram­e­ters de­fined to mea­sure and com­pare each ac­tiv­ity of the en­tire sup­ply chain with stan­dards de­fined in­ter­na­tion­ally. It should be done by a spe­cialised nodal agency of the Gov­ern­ment.

Cus­toms in­ter­ven­tion in the clear­ance pro­cesses should be elec­tronic, sim­pli­fied and more sur­veil­lance-ori­ented.

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