Monday, November 06, 2017

Air cargo operations bring cheer to exporters

Visakhapatnam: The launching of air cargo operations from Visakhapatnam has brought cheers among exporters from the region. Though the decision may bring some imports, it will mainly benefit pharma, apparel and seafood exporters who have been demanding for the past several years the completion of work on the air cargo complex, which was bogged down by several technical problems.

Finally, after obtaining clearance from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, air cargo operations were launched from the Visakhapatnam International Airport last week.

“This will be of immense help for exporting by the pharma units which are spread over Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts,” said CEO of a company.

The decision will be a plus point for frozen shrimp and tuna exporters.

“At present they are being transported through Chennai or Hyderabad. Some are being sent by reefer containers. As seafood is highly perishable and tuna fetches five times more if airlifted, it will certainly pave the way for a quantum jump in our earnings,” Association of Indian Fishing Industries president Y.G.K. Murti said. He said full-fledged operations of the facility would give push to exports further.

Visakhapatnam is the largest fish landing centre with the turnover put at around ₹7,500 crore. Shrimp mainly vannamei and tuna are in high demand in the United States, the European Union and Japan.
06/11/17 The Hindu

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