Monday, October 25, 2021

Cargo exports need wide bodied aircraft

Visakhapatnam: The air cargo from Vizag would be expected to increase around 35% to 40% per year in the next couple of years if the government provides necessary storage facilities and also availability of widebody aircraft.

The air cargo would be increased to 24000 tonnes per year from14000 tonnes. To achieve this, there should be at least two wide body cargo aircraft needed and also a facility of pellet packing and different temperature storage facility at the airport.

The Visakhapatnam Air Freight Forwarders Association says that there is huge potential for air cargo from AP, especially from Vizag, but lack of connectivity and facilities such as pallet packing scanning for pharma products, insufficient warehousing storage, different temperature storage compartments for perishable cargo, lack of dedicated cargo flights or wide body aircrafts and lack of space in direct international flights in passenger cargo have become hurdles.

Apart from this, lack of volume handling pellet cargo equipment at Vizag airport is also one of the major concerns, the Visakhapatnam Air Freight Forwarders Association president ASR Kameswara Rao said.

As per the statistics, around 1,200 tonnes of air cargo per month, including 543 tonnes of pharma products, 274 tonnes of general cargo means automobile wheels and machinery parts, 122 tonnes of apparel industry Brandix cargo and 12 tonnes of perishable cargo including marine products such as frozen shrimp and fish is being exported every month from Vizag, besides another 119 tonnes of imports of various materials.

25/10/21 Siva G/Times of India

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