Friday, June 16, 2017

Infrastructure ready for EDI facility at airport

Amid a spurt in overseas freight traffic growth, the prospects of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) facility aimed at speedy customs clearance and documentation have brightened at the Tiruchi international airport.

A thrust has now been accorded for putting in place the EDI facility at the non-metro Tiruchi airport coinciding with the Central government’s decision to roll out the new nation-wide Goods and Service Tax (GST) from July 1.

Necessary infrastructure required for implementation of EDI has been provided at the airport which has witnessed an upswing in overseas freight traffic since the commissioning of a dedicated export cargo terminal in 2011.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Customs authorities are jointly involved in establishing the facility – a long pending demand of the shippers.

Being the custodian of the international airport, the AAI has provided space, computer hardware, connectivity and other basic infrastructure required for putting in place the facility, airport sources told The Hindu.

The Customs Department would have to hook up to their central server at New Delhi so as to put the e-facility in place.
15/06/17 R Rajaram/The Hindu
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