Cargo Talk - - Industry Opinion -

With the ad­vent of AAICLAS, the vi­sion and guide­lines con­tained in the AFS pol­icy of MoCA by creation of AFS, near AAI man­aged air­ports in the coun­try, needs to be car­ried. Once the fa­cil­ity is es­tab­lished, AAICLAS would be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to bridge the gaps be­tween the seam­less co­or­di­na­tion among all its stake­hold­ers such as air­lines, con­sol agent, cus­toms bro­kers, etc. which is a must for the suc­cess of AFS. The AFS helped re­duce con­ges­tion at the air­ports, by per­mit­ting trans­fer of cargo to des­ig­nated freight Sta­tions — AFS or ICDs — through bonded truck­ing op­er­a­tions. The key rea­sons for fail­ing of the AFS sys­tem would be a slack in pro­ce­dures for off-air­port clear­ance fa­cil­i­ties, no le­gal­i­sa­tion for creation and oper­a­tion of AFS and an over­all lack of par­tic­i­pa­tion by the author­i­ties. Ini­tia­tives which have been im­ple­mented by the in­cum­bent Union Gov­ern­ment have given a ma­jor thrust and fillip to the In­dian ex­port in­dus­try. To make the oper­a­tion of AFSs suc­cess­ful, the cur­rent sys­tems, pro­ce­dures and for­mal­i­ties should be stream­lined suit­ably to elim­i­nate the ex­ist­ing bot­tle­necks and de­lays.

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