India's busiest cargo gateway, Mumbai-Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, today announced the launch of the country's first freight terminal for bonded and heavy export cargo.
According to operator MIAL, the new export facility will enhance the airport's export handling capacity by adding 3,000,000 tons of cargo per annum. Spread over 7,500 square metres, the state-of-the-art facility provides exclusive handling for heavy, odd size and bonded cargo. It will provide a one stop solution for bonded cargo handling with dedicated channel for cargo admittance, X-ray screening and palletisation," says MIAL.
MIAL claims that the complex will signficantly reduce shipment dwell times.
"While the export light consignments will continue to be handled at the existing export terminal, commissioning this facility will enhance the terminal’s infrastructure, stimulating further growth in export volumes at the airport," says MIAL. "The new facility will complement the existing Export Unitization Zone by increasing efficiency through faster admittance of cargo, swift turnaround of vehicles and overall reduction in handling dwell time with new process management."
The new complex means that CSIA now has 50 truck docks to serve export cargo.
"With this new investment, an essential part of the airport’s Cargo Master Plan, MIAL will not only help shippers to transport cargo more efficiently from the airport but also extend the necessary infrastructural support required to the air cargo industry," notes MIAL.