Mangalore aims to handle more cargo

The Mangalore air cargo complex at the Mangalore International Airport (MIA) at Kenjar handled 35 tonnes of export cargo in November but will be capable of handling 240 tonnes per month in future.


Mangalore aims to handle more cargo


The Mangalore air cargo complex at the Mangalore International Airport (MIA) at Kenjar handled 35 tonnes of export cargo in November but will be capable of handling 240 tonnes per month in future. This can be achieved with the cooperation from the airlines operating out of MIA, said MIA director J T Radhakrishna at a meeting of air cargo, industry stakeholders meeting held at MIA, according to a Times of India report.

D Purushottam, commissioner of Customs, told the meeting that his department would shortly establish electronic data interchange connection at the air cargo complex so that the charges can be remitted at the complex itself. At present, the agents have to go to the Customs House at Panambur to remit the duty, he said.

Purushottam also suggested to the stakeholders that they export vegetables, fruits, flowers and fish to start with and emphasised the need to approach the local industries and convince them. At present, nearly 80 per cent of the 35 tonnes of cargo exported is mixed vegetables to Dubai and the rest include fish exports to Kuwait and in few cases polymer colour, machinery parts and even textiles, Radhakrishna said.

Mohammed Amin, president, Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the 400 tonnes of cargo that Radhakrishna hoped to generate each month can be made available if the airlines concerned cooperate. Amin said the facility needs to be properly marketed and local entrepreneurs should be encouraged to ship their cargo by air to destinations in the Middle East.