ASSOCHAM argues for new air cargo policy

India’s Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has called for a separate air cargo policy to tone up infrastructure, formulate regulatory framework and induct modern technology in the fast-growing industry.


ASSOCHAM argues for new air cargo policy


India’s Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has called for a separate air cargo policy to tone up infrastructure, formulate regulatory framework and induct modern technology in the fast-growing industry. At a meeting of the committee formed to develop the National Aviation Policy, the chamber noted projections that some 200 freighter aircraft would be required in the next 20 years to meet the demand of air cargo industry.

The government should upgrade infrastructure, attract domestic investments and ease norms on foreign direct investments so that the sector growing annually by eight per cent, the industry group said.

“To achieve India’s standing as a global transhipment hub, there is a need for simplification of procedures like 100 per cent electronic approvals,” said the ASSOCHAM said at a meeting chaired by joint secretary of the civil aviation ministry, Asok Kumar.

There should be inter-linkages with airlines, airport operations and air freight stations, customs, banks, clearing house agents and other allied agencies for greater mobility of processes, as well as land demarcated for air cargo villages at airports or nearby regions, the industry representatives said.

ASSOCHAM said air freight stations should be established in hinterlands to decongest warehouse and offset limitations of space. They should have facilities for palletisation, customs examination and X-ray screening. There should be cargo facilities at tier II and III cities as alternate growth centres. The dwell time at Indian airports is 40 to 120 hours as compared to international average of four to 12 hours, ASSOCHAM pointed out adding there is need for establishing an Air Cargo Promotional Board for further organised growth and deployment of air cargo hubs across the country