Celebi Delhi hub team “celebi-rates,” offering India
shippers first of its kind service for pharma and perishables that
includes two cool dollies and an airside facility that accelerates
The big story right now out of India cargo
is implementation of the government mandated Goods and Services Tax (GST)
that among other things has created an environment that is helping air
Airports, particularly the major international
gateways like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, are innovating to
boost cargo volumes.
Bengaluru Airport, for example, started
trucking service last year as FlyingTypers reported exclusively.
The airport in collaboration with its cargo
partners – Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore (MABB) and Air India
SATS Airport Services (AISATS) launched a dedicated bonded trucking service
from Tirupur, 320 km away, to the airport, as part of the “Knitwork
Connect”, BLR project.
The service was initiated with the aim to
connect Tirupur, also known as the knitting capital of India, to Bengaluru.
That move has helped exporters to send their consignments by road in an
efficient and safe manner.
Delhi airport too has not been far behind.
It started bonded trucking services from the industrial city of Kanpur
(around 8 hours and 520-odd km by road).
Kolkata is the gateway for the Northeastern
states that have hitherto remained isolated because of the lack of connectivity.
Fruits and vegetables from the Northeastern
states, in fact, are wasted simply because there are not enough flights.
Kolkata Airport has capacity to handle cargo,
but with only a handful of international flights, barely one-third of
the harvest is shipped out daily.
Delhi Cargo Terminal
Celebi Management India is planning to start
a trucking service from Kolkata (22 hrs and 1,500 km away) to New Delhi.
Talking to FlyingTypers about the
Celebi Cargo-Kolkata link-up, Ramesh Mamidala, CEO, said:
“We want to start bonded trucking
from Kolkata Airport as a solution for our customers. Kolkata is a 4500T
(per month) market.
“Of this, 3200T (per month) moves
from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. The rest –
1300T moves via Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru airports.”
The CEO pointed out that Celebi wanted to
“bring awareness amongst customers about Delhi Airport and how it
can act as an ‘Exit Kolkata’ solution”.
“That would result in cost savings
with cheaper freight rates and handling charges,” Mamidala said.
“We also wish to help remote Durgapur
Airport, with loads connecting to Delhi.
“Our move to connect with Kolkata
provides a win-win solution for all.”
“The cargo from Kolkata will initially
be for export.
“We are getting approximately 350T
per month at the moment from the market, but foresee a total of 800T to
900 T coming to Delhi per month in the future, from the overflow cargo
in the market,” said Mamidala.
In addition to the export cargo, “our
customers like IndiGo and Jet Airways have been bringing full loads of
domestic cargo from Kolkata to Delhi too,” Mamidala added.
Kolkata and the Northeastern part of India
are an ideal perishables source, with ample fruits and vegetables that
can be shipped to other parts of the world.
As example, pineapple traffic from Guwahati
is currently moving to Dubai via Delhi utilizing Customs at Kolkata.
Cargo movement from Dhaka transiting Delhi
has spiked as restrictions on Biman Bangladesh Airlines Cargo imposed
by the British Government continue at that carrier’s critical UK
gateway to Europe.
Pharma reportedly has increased by 15 per
cent into Delhi and is expected to increase further in 2018.
The GST Factor
GST could indeed turn out to be a ‘game
changer’ for the Indian air cargo sector. According to Road Transport
and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari:
“India's logistics sector will gain
the most from the Goods and Services tax as costs fall by almost 20 percent.”
“Along with the tax moves, the government
is keen to set up logistics parks at a number of places across the country
that would act as freight aggregation and distribution hubs,” Gadkari