Friday, October 06, 2017

Delhi airport easing the pain of cargo ban

Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport has of late become vital to Bangladeshi exporters after the ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to any European country.

More than 54 percent of Bangladesh's exports in a year are destined to the European Union.

Following the ban, cargoes need to be rescreened at a third country -- an additional step that has bumped up the shipping costs for exporters.

The Delhi airport, which has the white card in safety and security validation from the civil aviation of the EU, has now turned into an indispensable hub for third-country rescreening for Bangladeshi exporters as it charges less to airlines for cargo handling and rescreening, is less time-consuming and has ample warehouse space.

Take, for instance, the spike in Bangladeshi cargos handled by Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India in recent months.

“We have been handling the Bangladeshi cargos at the Delhi airport over the last two months,” said Ramesh Mamidala, chief executive officer of Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India, yesterday.
06/10/17 Refayet Ullah Mirdha/The Daily Star