Customs Dept notifies Mangalore air cargo complex

Steps to establish an air cargo complex at Mangalore airport is gathering momentum with a Government notification in this regard.

In a notification dated January 31, the Department of Customs has notified the air cargo complex at Mangalore airport.

Mohammed Ameen, President of the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said KCCI has been demanding this facility at Mangalore airport for a long time.

With this notification, flow of air cargo despatches from Mangalore airport to various overseas destinations will begin. This will encourage exporters and manufacturers of consumable items. The notification will help export agricultural, horticultural and fisheries products from Mangalore and strengthen the economy, he said.

M. R. Vasudeva, co-ordinator of Karnataka NRI Forum in Mangalore, said this notification will permit the import and export from Mangalore airport. Till now, it was not allowed at the airport.

Now, the Customs Department has to bestow custodianship of cargo on some agency, he said.

J. T. Radhakrishna, Airport Director, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Mangalore, told Business Line that infrastructure is ready at the airport for the establishment of an air cargo complex.

Stating that a month’s time has been given to apply for the custodianship of cargo, he said AAI will apply for the same in a day or two.

It may be mentioned here that in an exporters’ convention of Federation of Indian Export Organisations in Mangalore last year, exporters had stressed the need for an air cargo complex at Mangalore airport with cold storage facilities for agro products.

Mangalore airport was given the status of Customs Aerodrome to handle passengers on May 3, 2006. After getting Customs Aerodrome status, the airport began international operations in October 2006.

Now after six years, the airport has been allowed to handle cargo by the Customs Department.

vinayak.aj@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on February 7, 2013)
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