ASSOCHAM 2018: En­abling a plat­form for busi­ness

ASSOCHAM’s re­cently-held 11th in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on civil avi­a­tion and cargo in the na­tional cap­i­tal saw in­dus­try vet­er­ans de­lib­er­ate on the need to de­velop a cargo hub in In­dia for ease of do­ing busi­ness and to make a mark in the sec­tor as well.

Cargo Talk - - Contents - Kal­pana Lo­humi

Van­dana Ag­gar­wal Eco­nomic Ad­vi­sor, Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion, Govt. of In­dia The gov­ern­ment is plan­ning ef­fi­ciently to help en­able huge amount of ca­pac­ity or bel­lies for air­lines for ei­ther high­value cargo, pharma, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, or time-sen­si­tive cargo. I salute the vi­sion of the min­istry to have a spe­cific Na­tional Air Cargo Pol­icy. We are look­ing to set up an IT sys­tem which al­lows the air cargo fra­ter­nity to re-chart to the hin­ter­lands. There is a na­tional por­tal, a na­tional air cargo com­mu­nity sys­tem along with a com­plete pa­per­less sys­tem, be­ing en­vis­aged for the first time in the world.

Venu­gopal Bangera CEO, CSC In­dia & Mem­ber – ACFI & In­dia Cargo Awards win­ner 2017 The idea is to cre­ate more in­fra­struc­ture at nec­es­sary places. The pace at which civil avi­a­tion is grow­ing, the cargo seg­ment, too, is surg­ing in dou­ble digit num­bers. The gov­ern­ment has also has drafted a sep­a­rate pol­icy for cargo for en­abling smooth func­tion­ing and a has­sle-free busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment. We need more con­sol­i­da­tion, mini con­sol­i­da­tion points need to be con­nected with the gate­way air­ports. Gov­ern­ment is pay­ing heed to the needs of the sec­tor, but a vi­able pace is re­quired.

Dinkar Singh Head – Reg­u­la­tory Af­fairs, DHL Ex­press In­dia For en­sur­ing smooth in­ter­na­tional cargo hub re­quires ad­di­tional rev­enue and more hands. Sixty per cent of freighters in the world are called as ex­press in­te­gra­tors. Proper han­dling of cargo and in­fra­struc­ture and rules and reg­u­la­tion that im­pacts han­dling and in­fra­struc­ture are the need of the hour. From the reg­u­la­tory as­pects, the se­cu­rity fa­cil­ity clear­ance at the ter­mi­nals needs to be looked upon. Reg­u­la­tory clear­ances should be swift as it im­pacts the mind­set of in­vest­ing in the re­spec­tive re­gion.

Su­nil Arora In­dia Cargo Awards - Men­tor Cargo In­dus­try, 2016 & VP, Air Cargo Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia Ad­dress­ing a few is­sues, I would like to pon­der on that the cargo civil avi­a­tion pol­icy has been made avail­able and the pro­cesses and ini­tia­tives are al­ready be­ing placed on the pa­per, the time is now for quick im­ple­men­ta­tion. My sug­ges­tion to the min­istry and all stake­hold­ers would be to en­able timely ini­tia­tive for plan­ning. We are con­tribut­ing 10 per cent year af­ter year into the econ­omy and I hope it will con­tinue. We are yet to see a changed mind­set at the ground level, that is, the in­spec­tors, su­per­in­ten­dents, etc. Cus­toms play a very im­por­tant role in cargo and ex-im pol­icy. Com­mu­nity plat­forms like ACCS are all set, great ini­tia­tives are been un­der­taken. Now, it is im­per­a­tive to com­ple­ment them and in­te­grate it into one plat­form. We are look­ing for­ward for this ini­ti­a­tion. Pa­per­less is yet be achieved, I would say it has come from zero to 90 per cent, but I look for­ward to see­ing a day when my ship­ment is cleared without print­outs and man­ual in­ter­ven­tion. In­te­gra­tion of var­i­ous al­lied ser­vice agen­cies to the trans­porta­tion to be ex­empted from GST should also be con­sid­ered.

S Ra­makr­ishna Vice Chair­man, FFFAI I have no hes­i­ta­tion in say­ing that gov­ern­ment is ahead of us, as an in­dus­try. I want to high­light that the tech­nol­ogy im­ple­mented by the gov­ern­ment, through the Civil Avi­a­tion Min­istry, com­merce or DGFT or Min­istry of Fi­nance, is not on a plat­form which has an API fa­cil­ity, which can be in­te­grated. To­day, we have a tech­nol­ogy of con­veyor sys­tem where three-di­men­sional that takes both the heavy and di­men­sional cargo, where ex­porters are more vig­i­lant and de­clare the cargo prop­erly while the cus­to­dian earns proper rev­enue. The MoCA has taken the ini­tia­tive of cre­at­ing more AFS, but un­for­tu­nately the AFSs are not in large num­bers. More­over, the con­cept of UDAN can only be more ef­fec­tive if AFS comes. At the same time, AFS has to have the cus­to­dian’s eval­u­a­tions in terms of han­dling charges. Gov­ern­ment has to come up with the clear guide­lines to gen­er­ate the same for ease of do­ing busi­ness.

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