Exporters complain about Trichy situation

Shippers and freight forwarders in the southeastern Indian city of Trichy are complaining that despite Air India Express’ recent announcement it would uplift cargo from Trichy on its international flights, particularly to Dubai and Singapore, the cargo tariffs are prohibitive.


Exporters complain about Trichy situation


Shippers and freight forwarders in the southeastern Indian city of Trichy are complaining that despite Air India Express’ recent announcement it would uplift cargo from Trichy on its international flights, particularly to Dubai and Singapore, the cargo tariffs are prohibitive.

The carrier announced on 26 November that it would begin cargo services from Trichy, but forwarders say not a single kilo has been booked on its flights because it is charging Rs 60 (US$0.97) per kilo on the Trichy- Singapore sector, compared to foreign carriers like AirAsia which charges Rs 40 a kilo, while Tiger charges Rs 48.

An Air India spokesman in Trichy admitted that shippers and agents had appealed to the airline to bring down the tariff, and the appeal has been sent to the higher authorities. “I am sure the rates would be rationalised, now that the shippers are wary of sending their cargoes through our airline,” he said.

Of the total cargo handled at Trichy, 93 per cent are exports, four per cent are human bodies and the rest are negligible imports. Exporters had been asking Air India Express for some long time to lift cargo from Trichy, with the issue becoming more crucial after Sri Lankan carrier Mihin Lanka was grounded from 1 June this year. All consignment bound for Middle Eastern countries went on Sri Lankan and Mihin Lanka which incurred delays as they were moved through their hub in Colombo which made it impractical for perishables shipments.