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Envirotainer Station at Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal

Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal announced the commencement of Envirotainer Stocking Station at the terminal itself. The initiative has been taken to benefit the trade community and extend easy access of Envirotainer cool containers to the customers at the Delhi station. The booking of the containers will be done as per the existing process with Envirotainer. “As a part of our continuous endeavour to improve our cold chain infrastructure in the cargo terminal, we have entered into a collaboration with Envirotainer, who will stock certain number of containers at any point of time in the Delhi facility which will be readily available for usage for the customers with minimal lead time,” informs Ramesh Mamidala, CEO, Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India.

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Freight rates for fertilizers approved

To ensure timely and adequate availability of fertilizers to farmers at affordable prices, Department of Fertilizers has approved the freight rates for the direct road movement of fertilizers up to 500 km from plant/port to block level, as recommended by the Tariff Commission. The decision will ensure availability of urea in remote areas, while keeping the cost under control. It will be one of the major tool to maintain the demand and supply uniformly all over the country up to the block level and will benefit farmers during the peak demand season. Fertilizer companies will not be allowed to do indirect routing of fertilizers which will save subsidy and promote efficient transportation of fertilizers. The district wise normative road freight rates have been computed in scientific manner in line with the policy. Freight for Urea has been always driven by considerations of serving the farming population at large including those in remote and hilly areas. The intention of the government had never been to save subsidy by paying lower than the actual expenditure on freight. Uncertainty of freight subsidy, on the other hand, can disrupt supply and create scarcity amidst plenty. In this, distribution and movement of urea is as important as its manufacture if not more.

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Pushing Road Freight

The report is based on the joint survey of road freight transportation along 28 key routes in India. The aim of the study is to explore new ways to increase the operational efficiency of freight transport by road. This study, henceforth referred to as the 2014-15 survey, was commissioned by TCI to assess the operational efficiency of freight transportation by road in India. This is a follow-up study of the earlier studies, also commissioned by TCI, in 2008-09 and 2011-12, henceforth referred to as the 2008-09 survey and 2011-12 survey, respectively. The other objective was to make an assessment of the operational efficiency of freight transportation by road, and suggest recommendations. The focus of the 2008- 09 survey was on a detailed analysis of the trucking industry and a comparison of roads and railways in terms of freight transportation. As on March 31, 2013, India’s total road length network was 5.23 million km and road density was 1.59 km/sq km. However, the length of national highways/expressways was a meagre 100,087.08 km, or about 2 per cent of the total road length network, even as they carried 40 per cent of the road traffic. Roads and railways carried about 65 and 30 per cent, respectively, of the country’s total freight volume. The rest carried by waterways and airways. In 2011-12, the contribution of the transport sector to India’s GDP was 6.5 per cent, out of which roads and railways accounted for 4.8 and 1 per cent, respectively. Road freight volumes are expected to increase from 1315 BTKM in 2012-13 to 1553 BTKM in 2014-15. However, development of new roads has not been able to keep pace with increasing freight volumes and …

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Mumbai gets exclusive cargo terminal

Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) opened a new domestic cargo Common User Terminal (CUT) in Mumbai near the Western Express Highway in Vile Parle this June, which has been outsourced to Concor Air Ltd (CAL) on a build-operate-transfer basis. CAL is a new company formed specially for air cargo facilities and is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Concor. According to Kamal Jain, Chief General Manager, Concor, the new terminal will also provide warehousing facilities to clients. “We have entered into a concessional agreement with MIAL for this. This new terminal has the capacity to handle 300,000 metric tonnes of cargo annually and is built on an area of 60,000 square feet. It offers state-of-the-art facilities including an online payment facility. We already have airlines like Indigo, SpiceJet, GoAir, Vistara and Jet Airways as our clients. After Mumbai, we are looking to open similar terminals in other cities too.” The cargo terminal is an ‘elevated terminal structure’ where all arriving domestic cargo is managed from the basement level while departing cargo is handled at the upper level. Air India and Blue Dart handle their own domestic cargo operations at their own terminals. Manoj Singh, Vice President, MIAL, said, “This project was on for three years and it’s the biggest facility that caters to the Western region. It can also handle hazardous goods. Freight forwarders have the option to have an office here. The Domestic Air Cargo Agents Association of India already has an office here. It became necessary for this region to have an air cargo terminal of this scale because of the increased domestic cargo business and rise in e-commerce. We are expecting an annual growth of seven per …

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CODEX system at VOC Port goes live

Kale Logistics Solutions announced the formal Go Live of CODEX–Container Digital Exchange—after a three-month successful pilot run. It is designed to automate the container movement at Tuticorin Port and reduce the container dwell times considerably. It is an EDI-based electronic platform through which communication, information exchange, connectivity and electronic processing of key business transactions/operations can be facilitated between all container stake-holders at the port and its related logistics value chain.

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Temperature controlled warehousing facility near Delhi

Gati Kausar announced the launch of its first temperature controlled warehousing facility in the outskirts of Gurgaon on NH 8. Spread over four acres with capacity of more than 5,000 pallets, it has multiple chambers that cater to temperature requirements ranging from -25 to +25 degrees C. This facility will serve the needs of varied industry sectors including dairy, pharmaceutical, frozen foods, quick service restaurants, ice creams, confectioneries and fruits and vegetables.

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Govt proposes 15 logistics parks in seven states

The road ministry has shortlisted 15 locations with the highest freight movement for the development of multimodal logistics parks worth Rs 32,853 crore. The locations are in the states of Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana. The parks would be spread over a total area of around 4,800 acres and will be built under the first phase of the ministry’s Logistics Efficiency Enhancement Programme (LEEP).

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India sees highest domestic market growth in 2015: IATA

“Last year airlines safely transported 52.2 million tonnes of cargo worth around $6 trillion. We have supported some $2.7 trillion in economic activity and 63 million jobs,” said Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, IATA. Globally, cargo markets showed a 2.3 per cent expansion in freight and mail tonne kilometres (FTKs). This outstripped a capacity increase of 5.8 per cent decreasing freight load factor by 1.6 per cent pp. The top five airlines ranked by total freight tonnes carried on scheduled services were: FedEx Express (7.1 million) United Parcel Service (4.5 million) Emirates Airline (2.5 million) Cathay Pacific Airways (1.6 million) Korean Air (1.5 million)

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