Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Here is why perishable cargo exporters wouldn’t take the air route!

Though transportation by air is the fastest and most efficient way to carry perishables, exporters in India who can, have begun to chose the sea route. Lower costs and improved efficiencies of shipping lines make it more attractive, say exporters. Grape and Mango exports, that were earlier made exclusively by air are now being done through refrigerated containers, he said.
Keki Patel, Cargo manager, Emirates Sky Cargo, says meat exports a large chunk of the volumes sent by air earlier, have now moved to the sea because of new rules that forbid export of meat carcasses by air. Now only bonesless meat can be exported after going through stringent packing norms.
Flag carrier Air India has revived its latent operations by sending two A310 aircraft for conversion into freighters. Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and GoAir have all announced their intentions to launch cargo ventures.
Jeh Wadia, CEO of GoAir says he is conducting the feasibility of establishing a low cost cargo carrier.
17/01/07 Cuckoo Paul & Sachin Baxi/Economic Times