Sunday, April 05, 2020

Airports report huge cargo backlog while forwarders want demurrage waiver

The air cargo community in India is demanding an unconditional 100 percent waiver of all demurrage charges at all airports in the country as the industry is unable to move their import cargo from the terminals due to 21-day lockdown and shortage of manpower. Meanwhile, airports are reporting huge cargo congestion at terminals and urging forwarders to expedite the clearance of import cargo.

The lockdown in Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) was started from March 22 and expected to continue till April 14, for 24 days. All international flights have been cancelled from 22nd March and domestic flights from 24th March. Along with passenger movement, cargo volumes have also been affected in the country due to flight cancellations and Mumbai airport is not an exception. However, freighter operations are allowed to continue at airports.

Manoj Singh, senior vice president & head cargo, MIAL said “Initially exports were very less due to restrictions on non-essential commodities and stoppage of manufacturing activity, but now the volumes are picking up in- terms of Pharmaceuticals, Perishable and few engineering commodities. In imports from the beginning in addition to the essential Pharma cargo we are receiving all non-essential commodities like engineering goods and electronics resulting in huge volumes.”
05/04/20 ITLN

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