Gov’t moves on Mumbai cargo congestion

India’s Civil Aviation Ministry has moved to ease congestion problems at Mumbai airport after meeting with 40 industry representatives including importers, exporters and airline officials. Traders have long complained that congestion at the air cargo complex is leading to inordinate delays in shipments. “Import shipments that should be cleared immediately sometimes end up taking as […]


India’s Civil Aviation Ministry has moved to ease congestion problems at Mumbai airport after meeting with 40 industry representatives including importers, exporters and airline officials. Traders have long complained that congestion at the air cargo complex is leading to inordinate delays in shipments. “Import shipments that should be cleared immediately sometimes end up taking as much as a week, which defeats the purpose of getting them by air. “At the meeting, one of the importers said their overseas branch has informed them that they would no longer send their cargo shipments to Mumbai airport for processing because of the congestion at the air cargo complex,” said a delegate who was present at meeting according to an Indian Express report. To provide immediate relief, officials announced processing time involved in segregating the cargo would be limited to six hours. At present, it can extend up to 24 hours. A committee has also been established to look into further action. Since last October, clearing house agents have gone on strike at least twice to protest poor infrastructure at the air cargo complex. “The infrastructure has to be urgently upgraded. The manpower and the equipment in use at the complex is substandard,” an agent said.