contents March 2012 DEPARTMENTS National News Quikjet announces new freighters to Northeast
India Aviation 12 Conference highlights India as air cargo logistics hub Image Air Transport 14 launched for import consolidation
International Airport Schiphol Cargo 16 appoints marketing & commercial manager Greenfields Cargo 44 Terminal at IGIA: CSC gets customs clearance, will be inaugurated soon
International News GACAG supports ICAO 18 on global airline emissions proposal Cargo Revenue Management 20 Solution from Mercator for airlines globally Changi Airport registers 22 7% cargo growth
Cargo Performance Airlines wise exim cargo 34 performance from IGI Airport, New Delhi for January 2012 Airlines wise exim cargo 35 performance from CSI Airport, Mumbai for January 2012 Traffic Statistics: 36 Domestic Freight
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Expressing the EDS interest
Sunil Jain appointed co-chairman 40 Task Force on Logistics Management, PHDCCI
The domestic express logistics industry is likely to receive a big push thanks to the bold recommendations presented by the recently published research works (a comprehensive book titled ‘Facilitating Trade and Global Competitiveness’) of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). The ICRIER study emphatically mentioned that the express delivery services (EDS) members are the key components of the supply chain system and essential for ensuring global competitiveness of India’s major export items like textiles, auto components and IT. It is vital in view of the highly unorganised logistics industry in India, which compels exporters to bear exorbitant costs.
Family Albums Aero Sail hosts 45 annual get-together for the aviation industry Shipping & Ports APM Terminals reiterates 49 commitment to India market Paradip Port chairman 49 wins SMP Award Invest Port Summit: 50 Vasan invites private companies to build port infrastructure
It may be recalled that the Planning Commission had set-up a working group on logistics which finalised its report in 2009. Of late, the Planning Commission has come up with another set of recommendation, a ‘Draft Regulatory Reform Bill’, which proposed a model regulatory framework for sectors like, ports, airports and railways. It clearly says, instead of different government departments having their own regulatory framework there is a need for adhering to the model regulatory framework.
Training Institutions T2P Consultants and 56 CILT organises ‘Logistics Talent Hunt’ on April 7, 2012
Unfortunately, the Planning Commission’s recommendations still remain unimplemented. In India, the logistics industry is governed by a large number of ministries, resulting in multiple clearance requirements and regulations. ICRIER stressed on better coordination among ministries and different departments of the central government and between central and state governments. It is crucial in the backdrop of fast changing global economic scenario and requirement of EDS to stay competitive. Will the policymakers be sensible enough to study the ICRIER researches and implement its key recommendations at the earliest for the greater interest of the country’s economy?
Face of the Month Arvind Nayak: A crusader 38 for domestic air cargo causes
Lead Story Domestic air cargo industry seeks 41 proper initiatives from facilitators and policymakers
Guest Column Express Delivery Services: Need is 52 to go for structural changes
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Pharmaceuticals Export from India The scope of pharmaceutical export from India is estimated to be US$ 25 billion by 2014, from the current US$ 10 billion, if the target of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India has to be achieved by the exporters. Is it an uphill task, as some industry experts suggest? Cargotalk spoke to representatives from exporters, logistics companies, carriers and infrastructure service providers to find out the ground reality... 6 CARGOTALK MARCH 2012
National News Domestic Airlines
Quikjet announces new freighters to Northeast
he director general of Civil Aviation (DGCA) office has recently given a go ahead (AOC Certificate) to Quikjet Cargo, to start its services in the domestic market. Meanwhile, the airline has inducted
Quikjet, the domestic cargo carrier recently announced that it would start its journey by launching freighter services in February 2012. Initially, the airline would provide connection between Aizwal, Dimapur, Patna, Kolkata and Lucknow, which will be followed by connectivity to Vishakapatnam in the later phase. Ratan Kr Paul an ATR72-202 Freighter aircraft, with a large cargo door, offering a payload of upto 8000 kg in an all-bulk loading configuration. Speaking to Cargotalk, Capt. Preetham Phillip, CEO Quikjet Cargo, informed that initially the aircraft will offer services to Aizwal, Dimapur, Patna, Lucknow and Kolkata. “The Northeastern sector of India, in particular, is poorly connected both by road and air. So our network would help movement of express as well as critical freight,” said Phillip. The cargo airline also plans to utilise the aircraft for adhoc charters. Commenting on the viability of the services, Phillip maintained that while there had been a tremendous growth in GDP over the last few years and the express and freight market had also grown, the same was not
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reflected in the air cargo capacity. “We are adding aircraft to fulfill the capacity gap by providing a pan-India network,” he stressed. Quikjet plans to begin its operations with one aircraft and will gradually add more aircraft to the fleet to have a panIndia network. According to Phillip, Quikjet’s USP is its being the only neutral cargo airline supporting the industry providing line haul solutions. It also has the ability to carry outsized cargo as well as certain classes of DGR (dangerous goods), which is not possible in the belly space of passenger airlines. He also maintained that the existing cargo airline’s network is specifically designed to support its own express divisions. “Our expertise and focus lies in providing the much needed airport WWW.CARGOTALK.IN
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to airport air cargo connectivity. We are working on different business models to provide customised and general air cargo solutions to businesses across the country,” he emphasised. Asked about the marketing plans, Phillip said that Quikjet has chartered the entire aircraft to a customer who in turn would sell the space. Apart from general cargo, the airline is expecting substantial volume of perishables like fruits and vegetables, one day old chicks and pharmaceuticals. “We are closely working with the service providers and look at providing logistic solutions customised to their needs,” he shared. Phillip informed that Farnair Switzerland AG, a European Cargo airline, has bought a substantial stake in Quickjet in which Tata Capital is also
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one of the key investors. Quickjet cargo is also backed by investors including Infrastructure Leasing and
Financial Services, Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation and AFL.
National News Industry Event
India Aviation Conference highlights India as air cargo logistics hub
In the 3rd biennial event called India Aviation Conference, which will take place on March 15 in Hyderabad along with the India Aviation Show, several industry experts from across the globe will meet and discuss about India’s possibility of becoming an aviation as well as air cargo logistics hub. CT Bureau
he India Aviation Conference to be held on March 15, 2012 during the India Aviation Show, is the largest show on civil aviation in India and jointly organised by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The conference will discuss on the future of civil aviation in India, with the theme ‘India: The Emerging Aviation Hub’. The conference will also focus on the opportunities for investment in Indian civil aviation sector and highlight India’s potential for becoming a hub for air cargo logistics, manpower training and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) work, triggered primarily by India’s fast-growing passenger traffic, aircraft demand, availability of talented engineering workforce and strategic position in the Southeast Asia. The conference has an objective to offer a forum for global players to tap the emerging opportunities in the Indian civil aviation market and for the Indian players to interface with their global counterparts. According to FICCI, the conference will be an ideal platform to showcase the growth of civil aviation in India and act as a medium for deliberation and discussion on various policy matters. “The presence of policymakers, senior government officials, domain experts and global leaders from civil aviation sector will offer tremendous, on the spot business 12 CARGOTALK MARCH 2012
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INDIA AVIATION 2012 Largest trade show on civil aviation in India Jointly organised by Indian government (Ministry of Civil Aviation) and industry (FICCI) Practical insights from Indian government officials/ policymakers, business leaders and market experts Networking opportunities with global aviation players Update on latest development in the design, construction and operation of an airport/air centre opportunities to the participating delegates,” said a FICCI source. The conference will examine the global outlook towards civil aviation, with particular focus on addressing the challenges faced by the industry and preparing for future opportunities.
The conference will also witness the participation of delegates from a large number of countries that would be visiting/exhibiting in the India Aviation Exhibition 2012. The event will witness UK as the partner country, France as the focus country and USA as the guest country. WWW.CARGOTALK.IN
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IMAGE AIR TRANSPORT LAUNCHED FOR IMPORT CONSOLIDATION Recently, Image Logistics has launched a new subsidiary called Image Air Transport, which will be for import air cargo consolidation from all the over the world to India. The company will offer wholesale rates and spaces for retail cargo. Elaborating on the core activity of the company Amit Chakraborty, managing director, Image Air Transport said, â€œIt will sell import rates and spaces at destination to all the service providers who donâ€™t have good associates or rates at origin and are losing cargo because of that.â€? Chakraborty also maintained that the company will sell its services only to freight forwarders and not to end users. â€œWe will provide rates and space to all forwarder for import shipment either required at origin or at destination. Forwarders can use there associates at origin and if they donâ€™t have there associates they can use our associates for there import shipment,â€? he added. The company will accept all weight slab of cargo and any commodities. At present Image Air Transport will start its consolidation from Shanghai and Hong Kong airport to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata airport.
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International Airport New Appointment/Performance
Schiphol Cargo appoints
marketing & commercial manager cargo community and other stakeholders to promote Schiphol as Europe’s preferred gateway for air cargo exports and imports. “Ri e t ve l d h i gh l y- re l evan t s k i l l s a nd experience will provide invaluable support to our department,” he added.
chiphol Cargo, which is the dedicated cargo unit of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, has recently appointed BerendJan Rietveld as its marketing & communication manager. Rietveld has spent 12 years in marketing and communication in international B2B environments - handling business development, PR, marketing communication, brand management, product marketing and product development. He joins Schiphol Cargo’s team of six specialists. Commenting on Rietveld’s appointment Enno Osinga, senior vice president, Schiphol Cargo said that marketing and communications are vitally important aspects of Schiphol
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Modest growth in 2011
Airport’s work, as we collaborate with our
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol ended 2011 with a growth of 0.8 per cent in cargo handled, compared to 2010. The total of all cargo processed through Schiphol was 1,523,806 tonne – retaining its third place among Europe’s cargo airports and its 13.9 per cent market share among the Top 10. Schiphol showed cargo growth in five months of 2011, but saw declines of upto 7.2 per cent in the other seven months.
International News Current Issues
GACAG supports ICAO on global airline emissions proposal
he Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) has sought support from the industry and the government for ICAO commitment to produce a global airline emissions proposal by the end of 2012. According to GACAG, this proposal should be supported by the aviation industry and the governments across the world. GACAG has been protesting against EU’s controversial Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Recently, GACAG called on EU to draw back from implementing the ETS for aviation, stating that the move would spark a divisive and ultimately costly
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dispute with the international community and the global aviation industry, including the air cargo sector and its customers. The organisation has also been advocating for multilateral efforts to develop international CO 2 emissions standards within ICAO. This is keeping in with the recommendations of the Kyoto protocol which designated ICAO as the body with authority to set international aviation’s greenhouse gas policy. “We will support ICAO in this initiative and push to ensure the deadline for the end of this year is achieved,” said Michael Steen, chairman of GACAG. GACAG urges the European Commission to work with ICAO towards this global goal.
International News Emerging Technology
Cargo Revenue Management Solution
from Mercator for airlines globally
ercator (the commercial arm of Emirates Group IT) has recently introduced a fully integrated Cargo Revenue Management Solution in partnership with USA-based Revenue Technology Services (RTS). The solution will be rolled out to Mercator’s global customer-base in the first quarter of 2012. The system, currently being implemented by launch customer, Emirates SkyCargo, results in Mercator SkyChain product becoming one of the world’s first fully integrated cargo solutions
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and will allow airlines using SkyChain to manage their cargo operations with multiple benefits including cost management and profitability enhancement. According to the Mercator sources, the partnership with RTS puts the company at the industry forefront by offering customers a Cargo Revenue Management Solution tightly integrated with an airline’s core booking and operations process. This is a significant step for the industry, as it does away with the current practice of integrating with third party revenue management products and the
large associated costs and overheads usually involved. According to Duncan Alexander, vice president, Mercator, the demand forecasting, overbooking, allotment management and bid price optimisation engines from RTS revenue management software have been integrated within SkyChain to provide an integrated, web-based interface, end-toend cargo solution. “With the introduction of the revenue optimisation, on our capacity constrained flights our sales teams will have the advantage to optimise flight revenue,” added Pradeep Kumar, senior vice president of Cargo at Emirates SkyCargo.
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CHANGI AIRPORT REGISTERS 7% CARGO GROWTH
Singapore’s Changi Airport has achieved new records for passenger traffic, cargo volume and aircraft movements in 2011. In terms of cargo movements, steady demand for airfreight enabled Changi Airport to close the year on a positive note. Some 1,67,000 tonne of cargo was handled in December, registering an increase of 6.9 per cent on-year, representing Changi’s busiest month in three years. In 2011, Changi’s cargo community welcomed the launch of freighter flights to Chengdu and Chongqing in China and the introduction of all-freighter flights by Emirates and Lufthansa Cargo. At the same time, Cargolux and Cathay Pacific Cargo commenced operation of the new B747-8F aircraft to Singapore. Commenting on the performance, Lee Seow Hiang, chief executive officer, Changi Airport Group (CAG) said, “The year 2011 was an eventful for Changi Airport. Despite continuing economic uncertainty and environmental factors, we continued to develop the air hub and delivered another set of strong operating results. This can be attributed to the resilient support of our airline partners and users from around the world and the dedication of all those who work at Changi.” He, however maintained that the outlook for 2012 remains hazy with the aviation industry expected to face volatile conditions. Demand may moderate as a result of more subdued consumer confidence. “Nonetheless, CAG will continue to work with its stakeholders to face these challenges and capture opportunities to grow together,” he added.
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Cover Story Market Trends
Pharmaceuticals Export from India Adequate logistics support required to retain top position
The scope of pharmaceuticals export from India is estimated to be US$ 25 billion by 2014, from the current US$ 10 billion, if the target of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India has to be achieved by the exporters.Is it an uphill task, as some industry experts suggest? Cargotalk spoke to representatives from exporters, logistics companies, carriers and infrastructure service providers to find out the ground reality. Ratan Kr Paul 24 CARGOTALK MARCH 2012
ndian drugs and pharma export has touched US$ 10.4 billion (` 47,500 crore) recording a growth of 16.1 per cent during the financial year 2010-11 with a CAGR of 15 per cent over the last five years. Category-wise Export Products (CEPs) during 2010-11 were formulations: 62 per cent, bulk drugs: 37 per cent and herbals: 1 per cent. During the year 2010-11, out of total 733 Drug Master Files (DMFs) filed with US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), 360 have been filed from India, taking the total tally to 2,490 by March 31, 2011. This amounts to roughly around 32 per cent of the total type-II active DMFs with USFDA. Largest number of DMFs from any single country is filed from India with USFDA.
Council of India (Pharmexcil) and chairman cum managing director, Indswift Group, Indian export to North America i.e. both to USA and Canada accounts for almost 25 per cent of India’s total export amounting to US$ 2,571 million. Total number of CEPs as on July 2011 stands at 805, which accounts for around 25 per cent of Certificate of Suitability of Monographs of the European Pharmacopoeia (known as CEP) granted by European Directorate
for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM) to Indian companies. India has 841 market authorisations from Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia as on July 2011. “Based on available information, it is estimated that during the current fiscal (2012-13) pharmaceutical export will touch US$ 13,500 million,” said Munjal. The Ministry of Commerce has decided to have policy interventions and special
According to NR Munjal, chairman, Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion
efforts to increase the presence of Indian pharma industry in potential countries like China. The ministry is also boosting the overall pharma export from the country and has set a target of US$ 15.8 billion by 2013-14.
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the last few years. Pharma today is not just an attractive proposition for export out of India, but equally big on the domestic front,” said Raajeev Bhatnagar, chairman, UFM India. Hence, the opportunities for growth and need for improved logistics services and organised logistics service providers
on both domestic and international front are very high. Ram Tiwari, director marketing, Shine Logistics, also maintained that there is good opportunity for pharmaceutical logistics service providers in India,
if they are able to meet the required infrastructure. There is a growing demand in cool chain transpiration/warehousing and distribution. However, due to high air freight cost most of the pharma products are now moving by reefer ocean containers. Currently Shine offers total logistics solutions for pharmaceutical clients, which maintain the temtpreture range from (-) 20 oC to +25 o C. “Our packing can hold these temperature without any irregularity for 72 to 94 hours, we have temperature control warehouse at Mumbai airport maintaining the temperature range from 15oC to 25oC,” added Tiwari. Shine is handling temperature control consolidation services for air and ocean shipments. “Pharma sectors have the highest potential and are creating a lot of business opportunities whether in temperature control warehousing, refrigerated transportation or various innovations in packing, etc,” added Ashish Mahajan, director, Perfect Cargo Movers. Recently, Perfect Cargo Movers opened their Hyderabad branch with an objective to provide logistics services to pharma companies. “We have equipped our other stations as well to handle pharmaceutical business. We have advanced level discussion with a couple of foreign logistics companies to sign up for distribution of temperature control consignments in many countries,” Mahajan informed.
Carriers’ Perspective According to Carsten Hernig, regional director, South Asia, Pakistan and Middle East, Lufthansa Cargo, due the cost advantages and improved production facilities in India it can be expected that the growth trend of pharmaceutical export will be continued. At the same time recent restrictions imposed by the USFDA point out that there is a need to maintain a high focus on adherence to international standards and not to compromise on quality of production and logistics. “We expect further growth in the Indian pharmaceutical air export but we also see a task to further educate the market, on increasing the focus clearly on highest quality solutions when making logistic decisions,” he cautioned. 26 CARGOTALK MARCH 2012
is growing at more than 10 per cent per annum. There are more than 74 USFDA approved manufacturing facilities in India (largest – outside US). “Pharma business in India has to grow for sure,” he stressed.
Airport Infrastructure Murat Bas, CEO, Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal India appeared to be highly optimistic about the growth of pharmaceutical export from India. “The Indian pharmaceutical market is expected to reach US$ 55 billion by 2020. The market has the further potential to reach US$ 75 billion in an aggressive growth scenario. Hence it is a significant contributor in the world in terms of volume and stands 14 th in terms of value,” he emphasised. He also underlined that the Indian pharmaceutical industryy has been the front runner in a wide range of specialties
Rene Peerboom, director, Air FranceKLM Cargo, pointed out that India is considered as growth market for export of pharmaceutical products due to India’s strengths of producing generics. In the next year, a number of patents of medicines will expire. It will create a good opportunity for Indian pharma export to grow in certain countries,” underlined Peerboom. “There is no denial that India has the greatest opportunity to manufacture and export pharmaceuticals, vaccines, herbal and related health-care products. Serious logistics services providers have already developed and trained
dedicated manpower to service and handle this export vertical ical with in-house requisite warehousing facilities for maintaining unbroken cool ool chain,” viewed Keki Patel, cargo manager, nager, India and Nepal, Emirates SkyCargo. rgo. He also added that major carriers operating rating to and from India have also investedd in dedicated and differentiated handling of the product from acceptance to delivery point. Ashish Kapur, regional nal cargo manager – South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Cathay Pacific Airways, s, highlighted the fact that the Indian pharma harma industry is the 3 rd largest in the world rld by volume and CARGOTALK
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involving complex drugs’ manufacturing, development and technology. With the advantage of being the highly organised sector, the pharmaceutical companies in India are growing significantly. “With such a tremendous growth expected in pharmaceutical sector, the air cargo traffic opportunities are bound to increase and we can see many freighter operations in the near future,” he said.
Munjal advocated for some urgent measures to be taken by the policymakers. “Market focus scheme that is suitable to markets has to be adopted, taking into consideration barriers levied by destination countries. For example, there are less or no tax levied on USA and Canada bound goods by LAC countries. We expect similar policies for the greater interest of the country’s economy,” he argued.
What more to do
Apart from the appeal of interest subvention scheme, Pharmexcil is also seeking government’s support to extend the benefits available for some of the industries (like textiles).
Munjal was of the opinion that there are some chunks in cold chain and storage facilities at majority of Indian airports/ seaports. “Of late, some corrective measures have been taken up and state-ofthe-art facilities have started functioning at Hyderabad and Mumbai airports, etc.,” he added.
“Availability of appropriate logistics to operate pharmaceutical products from India is witnessing regular improvement day by day. However, the critical factor of
operating pharmaceutical products from airports is the availability of temperature controlled zones for storage and processing of pharma products, still remains a challenge. Further, pharma products being time sensitive cargo, availability of modern transport infrastructure also poses a challenge,” admitted Bas. Bhatnagar maintained that the infrastructure at Indian airports needs improvement. “While interacting with the infrastructure providers and trade, it was revealed that there is a need for far greater emphasis and study should be done to ensure that Indian airports and ports are geared to handle the growing demand of pharmaceuticals industry in India,” he shared. According to Hernig, there are significant deficits because of limited transportation services for appropriate temperature regulated transportation on the landside. “Hyderabad airport is maintaining excellent cooling facilities which have actually triggered us to establish our Pharma Hub along with GMR in Hyderabad. At Mumbai Airport as well, there is an effective perishable center now, which has improved the situation there significantly. However, while the Mumbai airport continues to face severe other infrastructure restrictions, it affects the cool chain,” he stated.
PHARMACEUTICAL ZONE AT HYDERABAD AIRPORT Hyderabad airport’s pharmaceutical zone has recently completed one year of its operation. Since commercial operations started there has been a steady movement of cargo through the pharma zone. Hyderabad Menzies Air Cargo (HMACPL) created this facility keeping in mind the World Health Organisation’s requirement of ‘Good Storage Practices’ for all pharmaceuticals during transit. HMACPL Pharma Zone has created an exclusive standard operating procedure (SOP) for handling pharma and biotech. Pharma Zone export now constitutes nearly 30 per cent of the total export. Since commencement of Pharma Zone in Jan 2011, from an average of about 230MT/month in the first quarter the airport is now moving over 1,000 MT/month.With the growth envisaged by the industry HMACPL expects its volume to grow further. HMACPL will continue to expand its world class facilities to attract more pharma products to move through Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad.The company will work with airline partners to provide an integrated cool chain solution including ‘Shipper Built Through Units’.These are state-of-the-art temperature controlled containers, which can be taken out of the aircraft and the terminal to the shipper’s premises to be loaded and unloaded, so that the integrity of the cold chain is protected from manufacturer to the market.
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TOP 10 DESTINATION COUNTRIES OF INDIA’S EXPORTS OF DRUGS, PHARMACEUTICALS & FINE CHEMICALS DURING APR10-FEB11 (IN INR CR)
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pharmaceutical products, a smooth and efficient export process is a pre-requisite, including the necessity to store goods at the appropriate temperatures. We see that the distribution regulations become more and more strict and pharma shippers want to be compliant with these regulations. Therefore India authorities have to make the necessary investments to meet these requirements to be ready for future growth,” he said. “We would like to have support from the authority, custodians and the nodal security agency to facilitate dedicated facilities for permitting refrigerated transport units to the manufacturer’s unit both for exports and imports of pharmaceuticals,” supplemented Patel.
He viewed that constraints can be resolved through availability of active cool containers in shipper/consignee facilities (warehouses). So far, due to customs regulations there is no established process to move active cooling containers from the airport to the shipper/consignee warehouses to avoid a discontinuation in the cool chain.
This needs a quick solution. Otherwise the high quality standards of transportation for certain goods can not be met and it will endanger India’s competitiveness on the world market. Peerboom added another crucial aspect. “Due to the sensitivity of the
Kapur also stressed on the strengthening of infrastructure for pharma handling. “This is a specialised product and needs to be handed meeting all special requirements, like temperature control. We need pharma zones, refrigerated trucking services, built –up facilities at shipper’s warehouse and thermal blankets and cold storages at the airport, which can maintain different temperature levels,” he added. CARGOTALK
Cargo Performance Indian Airports
INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT Freight (in Tonnes) For the Month S. No. Airport
(A) 11 International Airports 1 Chennai 2 Kolkata 3 Ahmedabad 4 Goa 5 Trivandrum 6 Calicut 7 Guwahati 8 Jaipur 9 Srinagar 10 Amritsar 11 Portblair Total (B) 6 JV International Airports 12 Delhi (Dial) 13 Mumbai (Mial) 14 Bangalore (Bial) 15 Hyderabad (Ghial) 16 Cochin (Cial) 17 Nagpur (Mipl) Total (C) 11 Custom Airports 18 Pune 19 Lucknow 20 Coimbatore 21 Mangalore 22 Patna 23 Trichy 24 Bagdogra 25 Chandigarh 26 Varanasi 27 Madurai 28 Gaya Total (D) 18 Domestic Airports (E) Other Airports Grand Total (A+B+C+D+E)
For the period April to November % Change
22966 3809 946 283 4124 1858 0 9 0 262 0 34257
23723 4015 926 269 3054 1341 0 14 0 380 0 33722
-3.2 -5.1 2.2 5.2 35.0 38.6 -35.7 -31.1 1.6
188281 30805 8110 1074 29513 16276 0 155 0 4396 0 278610
197915 30057 9143 1080 26018 14200 0 346 0 3490 0 282249
-4.9 2.5 -11.3 -0.6 13.4 14.6 -55.2 26.0 -1.3
27607 36662 11350 3508 3743 36 82906
29253 37397 10575 3895 2360 31 83511
-5.6 -2.0 7.3 -9.9 58.6 16.1 -0.7
250099 317706 93457 29374 24534 235 715405
262646 312812 86867 27695 21564 206 711790
-4.8 1.6 7.6 6.1 13.8 14.1 0.5
0 37 31 0 0 95 0 0 0 0 0 163 0 0 117326
0 15 15 0 0 130 0 0 0 0 0 160 9 0 117402
146.7 106.7 -26.9 1.9 -0.1
0 531 315 0 0 1541 0 0 1 0 0 2388 0 0 996403
0 438 266 0 0 1225 0 0 0 0 0 1929 70 0 996038
21.2 18.4 25.8 23.8 0.0
AIR INDIA – SATSWINS ‘AIR CARGO TERMINAL OPERATOR OF THEYEAR’ AWARD Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS) has won the ‘Air Cargo Terminal Operator of the Year’ award at the recently held ‘Indian Supply Chain & Logistics Summit and Excellence Awards 2012’. The event was organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce ICC) in New Delhi. The award was based on AISATS’ performance in their Bengaluru cargo terminal capacity utilisation, level of mechanisation, range of specialised and value added services, IT and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system, customer satisfaction and responsiveness, security management, energy conservation and innovation. On this occasion Willy Ko, CEO, AISATS maintained that in line with the company’s aspiration to redefine airport service experience, AISATS is the first in India to install the automatic storage and retrieval system. “We will soon be launching another Very Narrow Aisle Material Handling System. We are actively working with our customers and the air cargo community to help grow their business and help improve the value chain to benefit the whole industry,” he added.
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Cargo Performance Import / Export
DELHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CARGO DEPARTMENT, IGI AIRPORT, NEW DELHI
(AIRLINE-WISE IMPORT/EXPORT CARGO PERFORMANCE F O R T H E M O N T H O F JA N UA RY 2 0 1 2 )
S. No. Airlines
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55
Export Perishable Cargo (MTs)
Export (with Peri.) (UPL)(MTs)
All wt. in mt.
% of Total
Jet Airways 1082 225 1307 1571 2879 10.69% Cathay Pacific 745 10 755 1720 2476 9.19% Emirates 552 938 1490 361 1851 6.87% Air India ................................ 353 ............. 278 .............. 631 ..............888 ..............1519 ......... 5.64% British Airways 729 62 791 542 1332 4.95% Singapore Airlines 554 19 573 601 1175 4.36% Fedex Express Corpation 714 8 722 341 1062 3.94% Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. 366 50 416 606 1023 3.80% Qatar Airways 522 103 626 344 970 3.60% Thai Airways .......................... 196 ...............30 .............. 226 ..............705 ............... 931 ......... 3.46% Lufthansa Cargo Airline 404 17 421 439 860 3.19% Swiss World Cargo(India) 455 8 463 209 672 2.49% Etihad Airways 344 48 392 266 659 2.45% Virgin Atlantic 338 3 341 290 631 2.34% Turkish Airlines 413 17 430 169 600 2.23% KLM ................................................302 .................. 46 .................. 348 .................167 ...................515 ............1.91% Air France 261 38 300 198 498 1.85% Malaysian Airline System 182 42 224 244 468 1.74% Air Asiax 233 11 244 168 412 1.53% Finnair 261 8 269 131 401 1.49% American Airlines Cargo 208 1 209 123 332 1.23% Saudia 125 197 322 9 331 1.23% Aerologic .........................................57 .................... 0 .................... 57 .................232 ...................289 ............1.07% Austrian Airlines 152 1 152 108 261 0.97% Japan Airlines 49 2 51 207 257 0.96% China Air 85 2 87 155 242 0.90% Aeroflot Cargo Airlines 163 46 209 33 242 0.90% Air China 123 11 134 79 213 0.79% Uzbekistan......................................133 .................. 35 .................. 168 .................. 42 ...................210 ............0.78% Blue Dart 152 0 152 30 183 0.68% Eva Air 45 2 48 128 175 0.65% China Eastern Airlines 25 4 30 125 154 0.57% Ariana Afghan Airlines 109 0 109 30 138 0.51% Continental Airlines 84 0 84 50 134 0.50% Gulf Air 91 17 108 5 113 0.42% Kuwait Airlines .................................28 .................. 51 .................... 78 .................. 13 .....................91 ............0.34% Air Mauritius 66 23 89 0 89 0.33% Aerosvit 51 26 77 2 79 0.29% Mahan Air 65 1 66 4 70 0.26% Oman Air 46 15 61 2 63 0.23% Air Arabia 48 4 51 0 52 0.19% Sri Lankan Airlines Ltd 33 7 40 11 51 0.19% China Southern Airlines ...................24 .................... 0 .................... 24 .................. 24 .....................48 ............0.18% Asiana Airlines 24 0 24 17 41 0.15% Ethopean Airlines 6 3 9 26 35 0.13% Royal Jordanian Airlines 15 16 32 3 35 0.13% Air Astana 19 2 21 1 22 0.08% Pakistan International 8 1 9 10 19 0.07% Turkmenisthan Airlines 11 1 12 0 12 0.05% Jetlite ................................................. 6 .................... 1 ...................... 7 .................... 3 .....................10 ............0.04% Druk Air 1 0 1 0 1 0.00% Deccan Express Log 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Indian Airlines 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Royal Nepal Airlines 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% MIS 900 20 920 1088 2008 7.45%
Total Cargo handled in Januaryâ€˜11 % VARIATION
2448 2585 -5.30%
14410 16770 -14.07%
12522 15557 -19.51%
26932 32328 -20.03%
## Cargo Handled at Centre for Perishable Cargo
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MUMBAI CSI AIRPORT EXPORT/IMPORT CARGO TONNAGE HANDLED I N JA N UA RY 2 0 1 2
(Including TP Cargo)
WEIGHT IN TONNES Export General
S. No. Airlines 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49
Jet Airways 1334.88 1367.06 Emirates 1097.69 1345.02 Air India 898.74 1400.77 Lufthansa ............................ 359.56 ...........425.05 Cathay Pacific 574.07 50.99 Singapore Airlines 611.17 226.10 British Airways 509.88 390.10 Etihad Airways 887.39 52.75 Kingfisher Airlines 352.39 79.62 Air France ........................... 342.56 ...........117.04 Swiss Intl. Airlines 307.29 110.92 Thai Airways 224.98 128.82 Federal Express 330.90 160.18 Qatar Airways 187.43 288.20 Turkish Airlines ........................... 330.81 ...............19.47 Malaysian Airlines 302.65 11.49 Ethopian Airlines 439.36 5.18 Saudi Arabian Airlines 292.29 24.49 UPS 94.73 2.50 Austrian Airlines 0.00 13.92 Kuwait Airways.............................. 64.60 ............. 175.84 Airasia 96.06 0.00 South African Airlines 204.00 15.42 Air Cargo Germany 0.00 0.00 Korean Air 139.73 27.88 Blue Dart 135.26 0.00 Gulf Air ......................................... 79.41 ...............98.79 Qantas 73.13 7.01 Continental Airlines 91.65 1.47 Oman Air 86.35 70.11 Kenya Airways 145.46 1.58 EL-AL Airlines ............................... 68.44 .................3.15 Fin Air 106.32 17.72 Delta Airlines/KLM 18.92 10.25 Air Arabia 33.46 86.74 Air Mauritius 99.06 0.00 Indigo Air 52.01 20.96 Pakistan Airways ........................... 27.17 ...............40.31 Srilankan Air 45.60 8.74 Iran Air 48.33 7.41 Bangkok Airways 52.37 0.48 Charters 0.00 0.00 Yemenia Airways 31.36 7.85 Egypt Air 29.88 0.00 Baharin Airlines ............................ 23.98 .................0.00 Royal Jordanian Airways 5.23 0.00 NorthWest Airlines 0.00 0.56 Jade Cargo 0.00 0.00 Others 83.97 100.82
2701.94 2334.90 5036.83 2442.71 795.52 3238.23 2299.50 922.94 3222.45 .......... 784.62 ......... 1353.30 ........ 2137.92 625.06 1459.55 2084.61 837.27 901.56 1738.83 899.98 776.59 1676.57 940.14 532.33 1472.47 432.00 635.11 1067.11 .......... 459.60 ........... 409.01 .......... 868.61 418.21 371.65 789.86 353.80 405.49 759.29 491.08 249.63 740.71 475.63 244.23 719.85 ............. 350.28 .............. 224.38 .............574.65 314.14 236.88 551.01 444.54 2.22 446.75 316.78 75.57 392.35 97.23 221.09 318.32 13.92 236.06 249.98 ............. 240.44 .................. 9.40 .............249.84 96.06 151.75 247.81 219.42 28.39 247.81 0.00 234.93 234.93 167.62 40.45 208.07 135.26 61.41 196.67 ............. 178.20 .................. 2.45 .............180.65 80.14 97.56 177.69 93.12 80.96 174.07 156.46 6.01 162.47 147.04 7.53 154.57 ............... 71.59 ................ 74.54 .............146.13 124.04 0.00 124.04 29.16 92.76 121.92 120.20 1.20 121.40 99.06 7.06 106.13 72.97 27.20 100.18 ............... 67.48 ................ 14.56 ...............82.04 54.34 14.06 68.40 55.74 0.06 55.79 52.86 2.07 54.92 0.00 45.47 45.47 39.21 1.33 40.54 29.88 0.83 30.71 ............... 23.98 .................. 3.38 ...............27.36 5.23 0.75 5.98 0.56 0.00 0.56 0.00 0.00 0.00 184.79 414.73 599.52 18243.24
EXPORT/IMPORT CARGO TONNAGE HANDLED IN DECEMBER 2011
Cargo Handled in December â€™11
Cargo Performance Indian Airports
DOMESTIC FREIGHT Freight (in Tonnes) For the Month S. No. Airport
(A) 11 International Airports 1 Chennai 2 Kolkata 3 Ahmedabad 4 Goa 5 Trivandrum 6 Calicut 7 Guwahati 8 Jaipur 9 Srinagar 10 Amritsar 11 Portblair Total (B) 6 JV International Airports 12 Delhi (DIAL) 13 Mumbai (MIAl) 14 Bangalore (BIAL) 15 Hyderabad (GHIAL) 16 Cochin (Cial) 17 Nagpur (Mipl) Total (C) 9 Custom Airports 18 Pune 19 Lucknow 20 Coimbatore 21 Mangalore 22 Patna 23 Trichy 24 Bagdogra 25 Chandigarh 26 Varanasi 27 Madurai 28 Gaya Total (D) 20 Domestic Airports 29 Bhubaneswar 30 Indore 31 Agaratala 32 Visakhapatnam 33 Jammu 34 Vadodara 35 Imphal 36 Raipur 37 Udaipur 38 Ranchi 39 Bhopal 40 Aurangabad 41 Leh 42 Rajkot 43 Dibrugarh 44 Jodhpur 45 Tirupati 46 Silchar Total (E) Other Airports Grand Total (A+B+C+D+E)
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For the period April to November % Change
6835 6482 1437 448 99 15 712 498 141 4 250 16921
7293 7436 1178 401 137 35 495 596 217 6 227 18021
-6.3 -12.8 22.0 11.7 -27.7 -57.1 43.8 -16.4 -35.0 -33.3 10.1 -6.1
56300 55014 9719 2543 883 130 5677 4441 1651 57 1499 137914
62039 56247 10078 2624 1072 229 5990 5508 1294 137 1505 146723
-9.3 -2.2 -3.6 -3.1 -17.6 -43.2 -5.2 -19.4 27.6 -58.4 -0.4 -6.0
17547 15353 7092 2864 694 401 43951
16456 15452 6887 2979 635 540 42949
6.6 -0.6 3.0 -3.9 9.3 -25.7 2.3
131755 127387 55490 23094 5568 3191 346485
136954 132115 58738 24154 5932 7657 365550
-3.8 -3.6 -5.5 -4.4 -6.1 -58.3 -5.2
2015 334 610 23 340 0 172 200 39 74 0 3807
2120 269 503 22 287 0 105 101 39 43 0 3489
-5.0 24.2 21.3 4.5 18.5 63.8 98.0 0.0 72.1 9.1
14921 2643 5044 180 2457 0 1059 1177 246 518 0 28245
18975 2161 4325 208 2208 0 724 277 278 351 0 29507
-21.4 22.3 16.6 -13.5 11.3 46.3 324.9 -11.5 47.6 -4.3
122 429 576 44 107 175 436 284 0 174 65 109 120 70 27 0 2 43 2783
254 352 592 26 130 139 439 212 0 117 100 144 134 78 34 2 0 40 2793
-52.0 21.9 -2.7 69.2 -17.7 25.9 -0.7 34.0 48.7 -35.0 -24.3 -10.4 -10.3 -20.6 -100.0 7.5 -0.4
1514 3345 4785 654 768 1380 3582 1853 0 1136 548 883 964 474 212 30 21 385 22534
1808 3676 4737 527 907 1377 3968 1573 0 787 773 1395 969 651 196 14 6 307 23671
-16.3 -9.0 1.0 24.1 -15.3 0.2 -9.7 17.8 44.3 -29.1 -36.7 -0.5 -27.2 8.2 114.3 250.0 25.4 -4.8
Face of the Month Arvind Nayak-President, DACAAI
A crusader for domestic air cargo causes fulfilling his social responsibilities as well
ayak started his professional career 20 years ago with ModiLuft, and later Air Sahara as ground handling agent. During this tenure, he witnessed huge changes in the industry and explored many avenues to stay afloat. When ModiLuft was grounded and Air Sahara was taken over by Jet Airways, he entered into domestic
freight forwarding business, which gradually expanded to GSA business. Nayak Aviation is now a leading freight forwarding company in India and a reputed name in the GSA arena for its domain knowledge. The company is currently playing the role of GSA for some 38 CARGOTALK MARCH 2012
At a time when the domestic air cargo industry desperately needed a mentor to highlight its woes before the concerned authorities, a seasoned aviation person, Arvind Nayak, managing director, Nayak Aviation, came forward to integrate the highly important and yet unorganised sector.He took the major initiative to form DACAAI. Ratan Kr Paul offline carriers like Air Niugini, which is the national carrier of Papua New Guinea, in Australia. The company is also the GSA for IndigGo in Singapore and is in discussions with some more airlines for GSA business in India as well as other countries. Nayak is upbeat about the domestic air cargo business in the years to come. According to him, domestic air cargo is
and IT), to handle the same, has not developed yet. The regulations and cargo handling procedures that are followed now are completely outdated. He also maintained that though a few airports (like Bengaluru and Hyderabad) are seriously upgrading their cargo handling mechanism, they too have a long way to go . He admitted that apart from
Though domestic air cargo traffic increased manifold in the last 20 years, proper infrastructure (both physical and IT), to handle the same, has not developed yet. The regulations and cargo handling procedures that are followed now are completely outdated poised to cross ` 5,250 crore by 20132014, at a CAGR of 20.11 per cent on base of 2007-2008. However, he is apprehensive about the possibility of attaining the projected figure. He underlined that though domestic air cargo traffic increased manifold in the last 20 years, proper infrastructure (both physical
those inherent flaws, human resources development and efficient cargo operation and management could not happen because of the highly unorganised business practices. There was also no sincere initiative from the concerned authorities, as well as industry players to educate and train the human resources. WWW.CARGOTALK.IN
Face of the Month President, DACAAI / New Appointment
BEYOND BUSINESS The founder president of the association is now planning to perform wider social responsibilities.Trade interest apart, Nayak is an avid reader of autobiographies of famous personalities in the world. He is an admirer of Jai Prakash Narayan and Richard Branson. He also ventures out for trekking whenever time permits.Travelling along with his family to explore new destinations is Nayak’s another area of interest. His dream is to further expand his charity activities (offering mid-day meal to school children) from his native village in Mangalore to other parts of the country. He started this charity work 15 years ago through ‘Nayak Foundation’.
Domestic air cargo industry has not been addressed by training institutions too. In his opinion, domestic air cargo industry is in a chaotic situation now (despite huge potential to grow), thanks to the consumption power of Indian people. Cargo like perishables, FMCG, pharmaceuticals, electronics are growing tremendously. However, agents are unable to channelise those cargo to air mode,
owing to disadvantages related to cost and time factors. For instance, hindrances (roads, check posts, etc.) are also spoiling the airport-to-airport services. Added to this, cargo handling time at the Common Users’ Terminals makes air cargo transport unviable for shippers. Nayak emphasised that shippers are ready to pay extra charges (air freight
charges) if they receive express services. “Customers are paying 35 per cent more after the Common Users’ Terminal was introduced at various airports. In return, they should expect better and fast clearance of cargo,” he observed. Unfortunately, there was no voice to highlight the issues related to domestic cargo industry. Nayak, along with some leading domestic cargo agents established the platform called DACAAI. Significantly, in its first Convention in Mumbai, DACAAI managing committee received overwhelming responses and support from all the stakeholders, including facilitators and regulators from across the country. Presently, DACAAI is recognised by the concerned authorities viz Ministry of Civil Aviation. Nayak has a firm conviction that the issues pertaining to domestic cargo will be addressed appropriately in the proposed civil aviation and cargo policy.
Sunil Jain appointed Task Force on co-chairman Logistics Management, PHDCCI
Currently, NECC is providing their services to the remote parts of Northeastern states like Assam, Shillong, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, etc. Established in the year 1968, NECC is one of the leading domestic logistic solution providers with offices located throughout India, Nepal and Bhutan. NECC offers a wide range of transport related services to meet every customer’s requirement.
ecently, Sunil Jain, managing director of NECC Group of Companies, has been appointed as co-chairman of the Task Force on Logistics Management, PHDCCI. Very well known in the logistics arena, Jain has versatile experiences in transport, real estate as well as information technology. Born on July 21, 1962, Jain is the elder son of Jaswant Rai Jain. He completed his graduation in commerce from Delhi University and joined his family business in 1980 at an early age of 18 years. On October 10, 1994 he joined the company as its director and started the business with a new vision. Jain is actively connected with All India Transport Welfare Association (ATWA), which is a forum to raise issues related to the transport industry. 40 CARGOTALK MARCH 2012
He has received the Parivan Shrest award for his contribution to the industry from ATWA and the award was given by the then vice-president, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. He is into surface transportation for more than decades.
The company books small parcels, full truck load consignments, project consignments and over dimensional consignments (ODC). It also provides containerised movement of cargo, packing and moving, warehousing, 3PL and storage facilities. The company claims to have a well chalked out short to medium terms plans for expansion as it envisages greater opportunity unfolding in India. WWW.CARGOTALK.IN
Lead Story DACAAI Convention 2012
Domestic air cargo seeks proper initiatives from industryfacilitators and policymakers
The third annual convention of the Domestic Air Cargo Agents Association of India (DACAAI) is expected to witness serious deliberations from the policymakers and industry stakeholders on various issues that are hindering the growth of domestic air cargo industry. Cargotalk highlights the burning issues after discussing with industry practitioners. Ratan Kr Paul
omestic air cargo is expected to aggregate ` 15.676 crore by 2020 at a CAGR of 20 per cent. Tonnage pitched to more than double from base of 2007-2008 at 5.68 lakh tonne to more than 11lakh tonne by 2013-2014. Despite the projection that domestic air cargo industry in India will see a spurt in the years to come, presently the industry is passing through critical juncture. The dwindling volume because of the current market scenario and challenges from other mode of transport has further aggravated the pain of domestic air freight forwarders across the country. Moreover, the perennial issues related to operational and regulatory hassles have posed serious threat to a
majority of freight forwarders as far as their survival is concerned. According to Suraj Agrawal, general secretary, DACAAI,
domestic air cargo has witnessed downfall in 2011. It is going to be a tough time for the industry in the coming months as well. However, air freight cost is increasing day by day, because of the hike of fuel price and terminal charges. â€œThe present scenario is not up to the mark and the existing volume of cargo has slowed down by 30 to 40 per cent as compared to last quarter of 2011,â€? pointed out Ravijeet Sehrawat, executive committee member, DACAAI. In his opinion, currently the challenge is the increased price and reduced cargo volume across the county.
Anand Prasad Agarwala, treasurer, DACAAI said that domestic air cargo CARGOTALK
Lead Story DACAAI Convention 2012
On the other hand Service Tax (ST) issue has to be resolved in a rational way. The applicability of ST is discriminatory and unfair for the domestic air cargo as there is not ST on rail freight and only 2 per cent on road freight.
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industry needs more support from the policymakers and particularly from facilitators. Of late though the air cargo infrastructure is being modernised and more state-of-the-art facilities are being created by air cargo terminal operators, domestic cargo operations have been in critical shape in major airports like Delhi and Mumbai. Interestingly, the volume of domestic cargo is more than international cargo. “It should be kept in mind that unlike international cargo, the flow of domestic cargo is not planned. Accordingly, terminal operators have to have special arrangements to handle sudden increase of cargo at the airports. Domestic cargo does not require much clearance formalities. Proper and adequate arrangement for security clearance can only streamline the cargo operation at the airport level,” he observed. He maintained that BCAS directives are not being interpreted uniformly across India. Agarwala however, emphasised on the even flow of cargo by the shippers and cargo agents. There should be proper packing (by courier companies in particular) and special measures for DGR cargo, so that shipments are accepted by the airlines. “Often cargo agents are penalised by the security agencies, because of violation of security regulations, irrespective of the fact that cargo agents are not responsible for the same,” said Agarwala. According to him, DACAAI should be given proper representation in the policymakers’ forums. Sehrawat maintained that one of the major issues is transit time at the common users’ cargo terminals. Earlier 42 CARGOTALK MARCH 2012
airlines used to handle cargo much faster than now they do. Earlier they used to take 45 to 90 minutes and now after the common user terminal they are taking almost three hours for every departure and arrival of flights. It is in turn affecting the delivery timings to regular customers. Lack of equipment for odd sized packages and inefficient handling are resulting in pilferage/damage, etc. “Insufficient infrastructure has been a gray area for domestic air cargo operations. Our airports have been upgraded with the state of air passenger handling terminals but the cargo side has been neglected by the developers. Major investments on this front would be highly appreciated as it would enhance the growth of domestic air cargo industry,” maintained S Hari, general manager – Cargo, InterGlobe Aviation (IndiGo). According to DACAAI, most of the airports do not have adequate space for domestic cargo despite the volumes going up. The air-side/land-side concept is not followed leading to mishandling, misrouting of cargo, inefficiencies and overall loss of productivity. A plethora of charges imposed on the industry on account of TSP, X-Ray certification, unitisation/de-unitisation, scanning, cargo handling, etc. has lead to the erosion of customer confidence. The charges have high impact on low yield domestic air cargo. “Authorities like DGCA, AERA should now monitor the service level given by airlines and terminal operators, to reduce the burden on end users,” observed Agrawal.
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0DQXDOZRUNLQJWREHUHSODFHGZLWK,7 enabled systems 6LPSOLI\FXUUHQWGLIIHUHQWPRGXOHVZLWK common interface ,QWURGXFH.QRZOHGJH3URFHVV,QGLFDWRUV for all stakeholders and incorporate it as a part of the SLA followed by periodic reviews and appraisals (QVXUH EDVLF WUDLQLQJ FRXUVHV DQG refresher workshops to improve skill sets and functional knowledge through joint process by government and industry %&$6 GLUHFWLYHV WR EH LQWHUSUHWHG uniformly across the country with adequate awareness 7KH FXUUHQW V\VWHP RI &87 WR EH remodeled with dedicated space for all airlines on individual basis to foster healthy competition and improved service levels on the lines of the CCU model operated by Airports Authority of India 0R&$WRUHFRPPHQGWR0LQLVWU\RI Finance to review Service Tax to make it compatible with the other modes of Domestic Cargo WWW.CARGOTALK.IN
International Airport Terminal Update
Greenfields Cargo Terminal at IGIA CSC gets customs clearance, will be inaugurated soon
The IGI Airport in Delhi is now is now ready to present the nation a world class cargo terminal, operated by Delhi Cargo Service Center (DCSC), which is a joint venture company between Cargo Service Center (CSC) and Delhi International Airport (DIAL). Ratan Kr Paul
ith the new integrated facility, CSC is planning to beef up the cargo throughput, especially perishable and temperature sensitive cargo and aims to provide international standards of cargo handling services therein to all its customers. The establishment of such a facility near the Delhi international airport has been a long-standing demand of the cargo fraternity. The total project is consisting of two terminals and built on 70,000 sqm. Briefing about the project, Radharamanan Panicker, group CEO of CSC said, “Phase 1A of the new modular terminal, Cargo Terminal 2 (CT2), is ready
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to take off, while Phase 1B of the terminal building will be ready by May. We have
now received all the regulatory approval to start the operations, with the last of such approval being from customs, which came recently. We are in discussion with a couple of carriers and soon, the first set of those customers will start operating through our facility.” The Delhi hub would be important as it would serve as a vital transit point for important north Indian states. It would also be a potential international hub for handling cargo. At the Delhi airport, the rate of growth in cargo traffic has been 10 per cent a year on average since 2001. According to current projections, the total volume of cargo traffic at the airport will reach one million tonne annually within the next 10 years. “Phase 1A has a capacity of over 75,000 tonne of general cargo and 65,000 tonne of perishable cargo. Delhi airport will be for the first time able to offer storage and handling of perishable cargo with storage facility for up to -20°C available at our facility,” added Panicker. Phase 1B will take the capacity for general cargo to 2,50,000 tonne. Once the automated handling system is completely installed by 2014, together with Phase 1A and 1B, the terminal will reach an overall capacity of 6,50,000 MT. “For 1C building, we have an option of transhipment cargo or domestic cargo. We also have another plot of 28,000 sqm to build up. We will decide it looking at the market demand,” he maintained. WWW.CARGOTALK.IN
Family Album Get Together
Aero Sail hosts annual get-together )257+($9,$7,21,1'8675< Aero Sail Services, the leading air cargo GSSA/Airline representative and air cargo charter providers in India recently organised an industry get-together on January 28, 2012, in Mumbai. Hosted by Capt. KS Bagga, managing director, Aero Sail, the event was well attended by over 500 Guests, mostly from the aviation industry along with friends and family members.
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Indian Customs celebrates 50 years 2)$&+,(9(0(17681'(5&867206$&7 Indian Customs organised a massive gathering on February 2 in New Delhi to celebrate the completion of 50 years of Customs Act 1962. Pranab Mukherjee, finance minister, Government of India, was present on the occasion as chief guest to felicitate the customs officials, exporters and customs house agents with certificates for their contribution.
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Ocean Gate Container Terminal )(/,&,7$7(6.(<&86720(562167<($5&(/(%5$7,21 Ocean Gate Container Terminal, recently honoured its key customers at a gracious function, which was organised in Mumbai to celebrate the terminalâ€™s 1st anniversary. Unni Nair, chairman, LCL and several other company officials, customers and dignitaries were present at the event.
Trade Associations Awards & Achievements
by the Tamil Chamber of Commerce
ecently, the Tamil Chamber of Commerce presented ‘Exim Achievement Award’ to outstanding logistics performers and contributions to the exim trade in the state. The award ceremony was held in Chennai in
presence of Dr.K.Rosaiah, governor of Tamil Nadu as chief guest. The Tamil Chamber of Commerce has continuously contributed and protected the interests of trade and commerce since 1944. DHL Global Forwarding and DP World Chennai were the prominent companies among other award winners. DHL Global Forwarding achieved the No. 1 position under the category for Number of Bills of Entry filed for 20102011. DHL Global Forwarding’s state-ofthe-art Free Trade Zone facility at Tamil Nadu offers a one stop customs clearance capable of quick processing of import and export declarations and efficient clearances.
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On the other hand, DP World Chennai’s commitment to the development of South India’s trade was awarded the Tamil Chamber of Commerce. The award recognises the company’s efforts to promote EXIM trade through the creation of modern facilities and infrastructure and high levels of efficiency and productivity achieved.
Shipping & Ports CEO Talk
Reiterates commitment to India market
peaking to a recently held industry event in Mumbai, Kim Fejfer, CEO, APM Terminals emphasised on the opportunities for development throughout India, which is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies. “We are excited as energised and APM Terminals is committed to become a part of that
growth,” he said. He, also pointed out that although the Indian economy expanded by an estimated 7.8 per cent in 2011 to $1.8 trillion the country ranked 13th in imports and 21 st in exports globally last year. He underlined that the throughput at Indian ports accounted for 9.7 million TEUs in 2011 or one twelfth of what global container traffic averages. He emphasised on infrastructure investment to enable projected growth. Fejfer pointed out that private sector involvement will be a crucial component of this growth, if the investment and regulatory environment in India do not act as constraints. He highlighted that Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP), serving Mumbai, is India’s busiest container port, accounting for nearly 45 per cent of all Indian containerised cargo traffic. It is the 25 th -busiest containerport in the world, with throughput of 4.3 million TEUs in 2011. APM Terminals Mumbai handled an estimated 1.9 million TEUs in
2011. “Congestion and capacity issues at Indian ports have started affecting trade growth, as existing container terminals are at 84 per cent capacity and above, and access to inland points remains inadequate,” he stated. He maintained that port tariff regulations which penalise increased throughput and productivity will not assist in developing the needed infrastructure. In addition to Mumbai, APM Terminals also operates APM Terminals Pipavav also on the Indian west coast in the state of Gujarat. Pipavav has been recognised as India’s fastest-growing port with a throughput of an estimated 6,20,000 TEUs in 2011 and is India’s first private sector port operation. “We are pleased with the progress that we have made since entering this market in 2006 and we will continue to look for the right opportunities to expand our presence here to serve our customers and India’s great economic potential,” observed Fejfer.
PARADIP PORT CHAIRMAN WINS SMP AWARD
Recently GJ Rao, chairman, Paradip Port Trust has received the Business Leader of the Year (Major Ports)- ‘SMP 2012 Leadership and Excellence Award’ in recognition to his outstanding contribution to the maritime industry and his experience in spearheading Major Ports. The award was conferred for Rao’s rich experience in building and directing integrated port management and inter-modal operations for over 30 years. The award was presented at a glittering function held during the recently held SMP World Expo in Mumbai.
Shipping & Ports Industry Events
Invest Port Summit Vasan invites private companies to build port infrastructure Despite India has a huge coastline of 7,517 km, strategic location on the global shipping routes, long tradition of seafaring and rapidly globalising economy, the country is still lagging behind with respect to maritime trade. Recently, CII organised a conclave on port investment opportunity in India with an objective to facilitate the trade. CT Bureau
he maritime sector plays a crucial role in facilitating India’s international trade. Almost 95 per cent by volume and 70 per cent by value of India’s global merchandise trade is effected through the sea route. In spite of economic compulsions and global slowdown, the contribution of India’s external trade, as a proportion of GDP is close to 40 per cent. Bulk of this international trade is carried through shipping. “Therefore, one can imagine the importance of the ports and maritime sector,” said, GK Vasan, minister of shipping, Government of India, while inauguration the ‘Invest Port’ summit. He also stated that to achieve keep the pace of India’s growth, it is necessary to follow a strategy for holistic development of the country’s ports. It includes harmonisation 50 CARGOTALK MARCH 2012
of berth side development (including installation of cargo handling equipment) with marine side development (including enhancement in channel depths, where necessary). Optimum utilisation of the port facilities are required to be achieved through improvement in road and rail connectivity infrastructure to ensure seamless passage of cargo both to and from the port through the hinterland. He underlined the importance of the Maritime Agenda 2020, a perspective plan prepared by the Shipping Ministry for this decade. The objectives of the agenda include creation of port capacity of around 3,200 million MT to handle the expected traffic of about 2,500 million MT by 2020. He also added that while the government has been paying utmost attention to the development the infrastructure with much higher investments in the past few years. However, the massive investment requirements in this sector cannot be
met by the government alone. “Private sector has to play a greater role in developing the infrastructure in the country in the coming years through Public Private Partnerships,” he said. Presently, the growth in traffic has resulted in the major ports having a capacity utilisation of more than 90 per cent with some ports experiencing nearly 100 per cent capacity utilisation. This kind of capacity utilisation indicates congestion and very high berth occupancy. For efficient port operations, 70 per cent capacity utilisation is considered to be optimum. The traffic at major ports is likely to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of about 8 per cent from 561 million tonne in 200910 to 1,215 million tonne by 2019-20, whereas the traffic at non-major ports is expected to grow at a growth rate of 16 per cent from the present level of 289 million tonne to 1,270 million tonne. WWW.CARGOTALK.IN
Guest Column Current Issues
Express Delivery Services
Need is to go for structural changes
Planning Commission study on the logistics sector in India found that the logistics cost in India as a percentage of GDP increased from 13.41 per cent in 19992000 to 14.97 per cent in 2005-06. Thus, India incurs around 15 per cent of its GDP as cost in logistics compared to around 9 per cent in USA and 11-12 per cent in the European markets. Another study conducted by Leunig et al. in 2009 compared the logistics performance of the counteries BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) with that of a less developed European country (Poland) and a developed country (Germany). They found that the cost of air freight in China is lower than India. In India more time is taken to clear customs than in Russia and China and physical inspection in India is the worst amongst the BRIC countries. The study concluded that if India adopts the international best practices and lowers transportation costs the trade volumes will increase between 10-20 per cent. In view of the above scenario, Express Delivery Services (EDS) or express logistics is the prerequisite behind the economic and industrial growth of the country. Since the Indian logistics chain is fragmented and there are delays, Indian manufacturing and services sectors tend to use EDS more frequently than the 52 CARGOTALK MARCH 2012
By maintaining the pace of growth of Indian economy, express logistics in India is growing very fast. Currently this industry is growing two and half times more than the GDP growth of the country. However, the sector urgently requires infrastructure and policy support to prevent the debacle in the years to come. Dr Arpita Mukherjee rest of the world. As Indian companies are becoming more and more global in terms of outsourcing, manufacturing and distribution, with multi-country operations and increasingly integrated supply chains, the requirement for integrated service providers is increasing. The high-growth manufacturing and service sectors in India thus accelerated the need for express delivery and logistics services. Express delivery services play a very significant role in developing the economy of a country. It helps to improve the global competitiveness of the industry. With
However, they should also put emphasis on seamless transportation and transaction by introducing hassle-free and industry-friendly policies globalisation, gradual removal of barriers to trade and shortening product lifecycle, speed of delivery, and end-to-end control on shipments in transit have evolved as the two most important determinants of efficiency and competitiveness of industries for which it has to rely heavily on EDS providers. This is particularly true for countries such as India that faces intense competition from other developing
nations such as China and other East Asian countries. Express delivery services have strong backward and forward linkages. The presence of a cargo hub leads to job creation. Industries tend to locate in that region and this leads to an overall development of the region. Unfortunately, presently our Governmentâ€™s focus is only to create capacity. However, they should also put emphasis on seamless transportation WWW.CARGOTALK.IN
BOOK RELEASED ON DEVELOPMENT OF EDS Recently Oxford University Press (OUP) has published a book on â€˜Facilitating Trade and Global Competitiveness â€“ Express Delivery Services in Indiaâ€™, which is authored by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and Indian Institute of Management (Kolkata). The book was released in a seminar organised by ICRIER, OUP, CII Institute of Logistics and Express Industry Council of India (EICI) in New Delhi.
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The book was released by Ajay Shankar, member secretary, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. The launch was followed by a panel discussion on â€˜Express Transportation in Global Supply Chainâ€™. Speaking on the occasion Shankar said that the book is a good document that highlights the weakness of express industry in India.â€œThe book will trigger policy debate and help in regulatory changes necessary for modernisation and liberalisation of the economy for making it globally competitive,â€? he maintained. Also present at the event was Anwarul Hoda, former member, Planning Commission and the chair professor, Trade Policy and WTO Research Programme, ICRIER. In his opinion improvements in express delivery services and related improvement in logistics will be crucial for small and medium enterprises, which alone can be expected to provide the jobs from manufacturing. This book will be a great help towards that goal. The book is a part of ICRIERâ€™s on-going research on policy issues in new emerging service sectors which includes sectors like retail and logistics. The book is an outcome of in-depth survey and discussions between policymakers, sector experts, express and courier industry and user industry and allied sectors. and transaction by introducing hasslefree and industry-friendly policies. This is possible through various measures such as green channelling for interstate movement of goods, establishment of one window customs clearances, better customs risk management systems, etc. In India, often liberalisation has not been accompanied by appropriate regulations. In many sectors, the present law is outdated. Accordingly, outdated regulations should be replaced by new regulations. The new regulations should be fair and transparent. It should allow the sector to grow, encourage competition, allow technological developments, and at the same time ensure the provision of basic services to all at affordable prices.
Changing Face of Supply Chain There is now an increasing realisation among the policymakers that unless the structural concerns are taken care of, India will face major problems to gain (or
even retain) its market share in the world market. In modern business, companies do not just compete on products anymore; they now compete on their supply chains. So whichever manufacturer or company has a more effective and efficient supply chain, they are going to have an advantage in the global market. Therefore, improvement of the supply chain and logistics will be extremely important to perk up Indiaâ€™s competitiveness in the world market and in this context the role of the EDS industry becomes paramount. The service sector which contributes significantly to Indiaâ€™s GDP growth is highly dependent on EDS. This is especially true for services such as IT and ITeS, finance and banking, accountancy, legal, retail and e-commerce which depends to a large extent on EDS for fast and reliable delivery of consignments. Thus, an efficient and competitive EDS segment is crucial to sustain the growth of Indiaâ€™s services sector and promote growth and efficiency of manufacturing.
The nature of EDS is also changing very fast. The traditional courier business has been transformed to express logistics. Emergence of new express products and use of modern technologies have brought radical changes in transport and distribution services. Consequently, the Industry has to adopt new technologies to offer quick and efficient services to their customers to stay afloat. Moreover, they should invest more on human resources development by conducting regular training. Skill and domain knowledge is the key factor behind the success of efficient EDS and customer satisfactionâ€” whether it is provided by the Government, public or private sector. (The author Dr. Arpita Mukherjee is Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations and one of the authors of â€˜Facilitating Trade and Global Competitiveness: Express Delivery Services in India) CARGOTALK
Emerging Company Domestic Cargo
Carex Cargo Express Expansion plans in the offing Carex Cargo Express is a fast growing domestic air cargo freight forwarding company.The company is catering to tailor made services required by its clients to address ever changing challenges. CT Bureau
Delhi based company (Carex Cargo Express), which is in the trade for more than 10 years, has meanwhile strategically set-up branches at an all India level and is planning to expand its network further. Emerging sectors and products like perishables, pharmaceuticals and IT will be the new focus area for the company. According to Inderjeet Sehrawat, managing director, Carex Cargo, presently the company provides door to door services by fulfilling varied requirements of all its customers. “Our services have satisfied our esteemed clients. It is our mission to enhance our expertise and skills so that we are considered the best in the industry. We reaffirm our mission to keep the promises made to our customers, no matter what the difficulties may be. Our credentials represent our determination to overcome all hurdles and make Carex a highly successful Company,” said Sehrawat. The company also provides airport to airport services for heavy and commercial shipment. In addition, the
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company has proper warehouses to meet the challenges of modern requirement. Carex Cargo has also put adequate emphasis on utilisation of information technology. “We are committed to provide seamless logistic solutions to our clients and customers. We have introduced a web based parcel tracing system for up to date information with facility for sending
Intra-city/Intercity movement FTL/LTL/Parcel services
automatic SMS,” added Sehrawat. He asserted that Carex Cargo is backed by experience and well trained personel, who are well versed in handling incoming/ outgoing domestic cargo with confidence. “We are well equipped and better fitted to cope with the variations,” he maintained.
WORK HARD TO RETAIN LEADING POSITION CONCOR celebrated the Republic Day by felicitating its officials and staff members for their commendable performance towards the achievement of Container Corporation of India (CONCOR). Sushil Kumar, executive director, CONCOR was present on the occasion to hoist the national flag and honour the recipients of the awards. In his speech, he emphasised on best performance and competitiveness from CONCOR, in view of the entrance of private players in container train operation and container handling business. He also highlighted CONCOR’s achievements in the year 2011, thanks to the concerted efforts of CONCOR officials and staff.
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Training Institutions Industry Events
T2P Consultants â€˜Logistics Talent and CILT organises Huntâ€™ on April 7, 2012
According to industry estimates, logistics industry needs 4,20,000 skilled people in all categories in the next 5 years. However, there is huge crisis of trained manpower.The study also reveals that the number of warehouse managers required is around 35,000 by 2015. So the demand for skilled manpower is high. CT Bureau According to Prem Prakash, director, T2P Consultants, there are many benefits for the participants in this programme. The benefits include direct employment for winners, cash prize, ready job market and direct interaction and networking with HR heads. In addition, institutions will also enjoy various benefits.
o address this serious mismatch between requirement and availability of professional logistics cadres, T2P Consultants & Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT)â€“ India decided to organise an award programme on April 7, 2012. In this programme, management students in form of a team will be invited to prepare the projects on different topics related to logistics industry. In the talent
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Facts and Figures Air cargo
Airports in India (67,0$7('72%(7+(&$5*2+8%6,17+(5(*,21 According to the recent studies, global air freight traffic is set to triple in 20 years. Traffic is shifting towards Asia Pacific region of which China and India are key players. International air freight traffic into and from India is projected to grow five times, while domestic air cargo is forecast to grow over six times in the next 20 years.With huge potential of transshipment of cargo, Indian airports could become cargo hubs in the region.
Indiaâ€™s International trade by Air
High value to weight of Air Cargo in Global trade
Domestic Air Cargo-(Metric Tonnes)
Trends in GDP & Air Cargo growth rates
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International Air Cargo flow across Indian airports
Air Cargo throughput at Indian Airports