Thursday, October 21, 2021

Kol airport opens terminal for int’l courier clearance

Kolkata: The city airport has opened an international courier terminal to facilitate express cargo clearance from here itself. This will enable direct export and import of courier which had to be routed via Delhi or Mumbai till now and required an addition two days in transit.

The 1,120 sqm facility is located next to the existing cargo terminal. It has started operation in phases with dedicated Customs officers handling courier operations. The terminal has dedicated XBIS, CCTVs, ETD, handheld scanner and dedicated staff for fast and reliable processing of over 6,000 tonnes of courier cargo annually and will be managed by a software Express Cargo Clearance System (ECCS) – that enables faceless, contactless and efficient mechanism for customs clearances of courier.

“International courier cargo operation was rerouted mostly via Delhi which used to delay the shipment and at the same time hampered business. With the start of this facility, which will cater to the complete eastern and north eastern India, it is going to cut short the transit time from airport to warehouses,” said Kolkata airport deputy general manager (cargo head) Rahul Nandy.

“Earlier courier clearance was done only at Mumbai or Delhi which meant we were losing almost a day in the clearance itself. The courier had to be offloaded at domestic terminal, then sent to international, where it had to be cleared before being put on an international cargo carrier. At times there are queries and that meant someone had to fly from Kolkata to Delhi,” said Jetex Ocean Air Pvt Ltd managing director Jaideep Raha. The facility was inaugurated last week by M Ajit Kumar, chairman Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) in presence of Keku Bomi Gazder, CEO of AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Co Ltd (AAICLAS), airport director C Pattabhi along with customs, CISF and other AAI officials.

21/10/21 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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