Monday, November 19, 2018

Direct Custom Clearance Of Air Cargo Begins From Guwahati Airport

Guwahati: In a development that assumes significance for the farm export from the Northeast, direct custom clearance of air cargo has for the first time being initiated from the LGBI Airport here with a consignment of vegetables exported from here on Sunday.
A consignment of 810kg of vegetables, comprising pointed gourd (locally known as potol), fresh beans, knol khol, cucumber, brinjals and lemons were sent to Dubai via New Delhi on an Air India flight (AI 892) that departed at 7.34pm.
The vegetables have been sourced from various districts of Assam.
Direct custom clearance means that the consignment sent overseas from the airport here will not be checked en route to any airport till the destination. Earlier, air cargo from airports in the Northeast was done at Kolkata airport. D.K Kamra, regional executive director, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Northeast East Region said that for the first time in history of the region, the direct export mode via air cargo has been initiated by the air cargo department of the LGBI Airport.
“With the Customs-EDI (electronic data interchange) clearance right here at the Guwahati Airport, with AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Company (an AAI subsidiary) and customs department, the farmers and exporters do not have to go anywhere else. They can now send their products from Guwahati to any part of the globe through Air Cargo here. The facility is available round the clock at the cargo station,” he added.
Phyto sanitary certificate was issued by the plant quarantine department for the first time at the airport here along with the execution of all major clearances.
19/11/18 Shillong Times