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‘Air Cargo experts urges to extend GST exemption notification’

Air cargo stakeholders have appealed for extension of GST exemption notification. The GST exemption was valid till 30 September. “With effect from 1 October, there will be an additional upfront of 18 per cent of GST payable on export freight with the facility for input credit. While Commerce ministry wants every district to identify and promote exports of at least one product. Even for the GST registered, this increase its compliance cost as full input credit is permitted, which shall not fetch any extra revenue to the government but increase the compliance cost to tax assesses. Internationally, all export-related charges are Zero rated, except in Indi where the increase in logistics cost increase the cost further,” said J Krishnan, former ACAAI President and Board of Advisors. M Afzal Malbarwwala, President, ACAAI sharing his views said, “It will affect us and exporters business. The cash flow will be the biggest hurdle. Every exporter must have made huge investments since all importers are asking for credit and to keep up business and to compete with other countries our exporters must do. On top of it, the rule seriously affects exports. The government wants to promote exports and has launched new NLP which was accepted by all and now a big blow. Anywhere in the world there is no GST on exports and related. The sea freight which is not even 1/3rd cost of airfreight there is no GST then why for air. Air imports have no GST, but sea imports GST have 5 per cent only. We request the government to seriously rethink and charge GST @ 0 per cent, which is the norm in sea and air.”

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Allcargo Group opens Logistics Park in Malur, Karnataka

Allcargo Group has launched Logistics Park in Malur, Karnataka. The state-of-the-art logistics and warehousing park is now fully occupied, further accelerating economic growth and infrastructure development in Karnataka. With this park, Allcargo will further complement Karnataka to become a logistics hub that seamlessly connects India to the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, making the state a desired destination for big businesses. The park is creating employment opportunities directly on-site, by creating over 5500 jobs. The park will also act as a strategic warehousing destination, thanks to the increasing interest of businesses in Karnataka. The government’s National Logistics policy and the PM Gati Shakti plan has been looking to solidify first and last mile connectivity, both for commercial and other purposes. This gives a boost to Karnataka as a desired business hub, and Allcargo’s logistics park can provide businesses with the right infrastructure and digital tools to make their business profitable and transform their supply chain. Furthermore, it can connect businesses to the rest of India with increasing ease.

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Air Canada Cargo launches B767 F to strengthen global network

Air Canada Cargo is all set to launch five times a week B767 freighter service from St. John’s (YYT) to Frankfurt and Madrid. Effective October 1, there will be two non-stop flights per week to Frankfurt and three non-stop weekly flights to Madrid. Air Canada Cargo is the only carrier with a scheduled cargo service from St. John’s to Europe, supporting Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy. These new flights complement Air Canada Cargo services to Halifax, strengthening the carrier’s freighter network, connecting Atlantic Canada globally.

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Saudia Cargo collaborates with IATA to ferry bioscience products, pharma

Saudia Cargo has collaborated with IATA for its Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) Certification for safe air transport and handling of pharma shipments. Teddy Zebitz, Saudia Cargo CEO and Frederic Leger, IATA Senior VP Commercial Products and Services, signed the agreement at the recently concluded IATA World Cargo Symposium in London. For the next few months, Saudia Cargo will prepare across multiple aspects of its operations, particularly on staff competency to handle pharma, comply with IATA’s requirements for CEIV Pharma Certification on top of Good Distribution Practices, stated the release. The process is meant to ensure critical healthcare cargo such as COVID vaccines and other pharma and bioscience products are not compromised while they transported by air.

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Emirates SkyCargo, United Cargo ink deal to address air cargo issues

To address issues related to expanding air cargo options and block space agreements, and pending regulatory approvals, Emirates SkyCargo and United Cargo signed an agreement at the recently concluded IATA World Cargo Symposium. The MoU will build on existing cargo interline arrangements between both air cargo operators and offer freight customers access to more capacity on a larger combined global network. United Cargo, which last year had decided against entering the freighter market, will now have access to Emirates SkyCargo’s high frequency distribution network through to over 100 global destinations by 11 B777-F freighters, stated the release. Emirates SkyCargo will have access to over 200 cities in the USA and 300 cities across five continents through United Cargo. The agreement was signed by Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo, and Jan Krems, president, United Cargo.

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Chetak Group expands network, opens warehouse in Pune

Chetak Group has inaugurated its first Green warehouse in Pune. The warehouse, which adds to the over two million warehousing capacity, was inaugurated by Chetak Group’s Directors Mukesh and Rajesh Haritash, in the presence of guests from Tata Motors and other prominent clients. The warehouse will serve all vendors of Tata Motors. Mukesh Haritash, Director, Chetak Logistics said, “We are happy to inaugurate first Green and Happy Warehouse in Pune. This is a result of the inspiration we derived from our father, late Jai Karan Sharma, Founder, Chetak Group. We dedicate the warehouse to him and pledge to take forward his vision of serving the customers with the quality product offerings. The warehouse, measuring one lakh sq. ft., adds to 2 million sq. ft., warehousing space offered by the Chetak Group across India.” The new Green warehouse at Pune offers many firsts such as solar power energy, environmentally friendly last mile delivery, unique facilities for employees, safety measures and smart material handling.

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Bhubaneswar to become next major warehousing hub

According to Knight Frank India’s latest report, India Warehousing Market Report-2022, Bhubaneswar recorded an exponential surge of 700 per cent taking the warehousing transaction volume to 0.86 million sq. ft.., in FY 2022 from 0.11 million sq. ft., in FY 2021. “Warehousing in Bhubaneswar is clustered around Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Road (NH-16), Tangi, Pitapalli and Chandaka. The demand for warehousing in the city has been picking up gradually in recent years and is widely dominated by local developers. In the last few years, development of industrial and logistics parks around the city has further boosted warehousing activities in the market,” the report stated.

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Nagpur, Pune gets two ultra-modern logistics parks

Safexpress has launched two new ultra-modern Logistics Parks in Maharashtra and one in Nagpur and another in Ranjangaon MIDC in Pune. Safexpress Logistics facilities in Maharashtra has a combined land area of 5.25 Lakh square feet, enabled with ultra-modern transhipment and 3PL facilities to boost storage and warehousing needs of the region, while providing for faster connectivity. The new Logistics Parks are cross-dock, have a column-less span of over 80 feet to facilitate simultaneous loading and unloading of multiple vehicles and unhindered movement of goods within the facility. To enable all-weather loading and unloading of goods, the facility is equipped with 16-feet wide Cantilever Shed. The logistics facilities have the required firefighting equipment and trained manpower to deal with such emergencies. The physical infrastructure will be backed by a robust IT infrastructure and an efficient warehouse management system.

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Policy to enhance quality, efficiency, productivity: Tyagi

“The launch of the National Logistics Policy is a watershed moment for Indian logistics’ sector and a step closer to developing a digitized, seamlessly integrated and efficient logistics ecosystem in India,” said Sunil Tyagi, Secretary, Warehousing Association of India (WAI). He shared his views and added, “Its emphasis on standardization and digitization to warehousing value chains is a welcome initiative. It will improve efficiency, productivity, and quality of services in the warehousing segment, canonized in the e-Handbook on Warehousing Standards, a guiding document launched alongside the Logistics Policy. The pivot towards promising technological initiatives such as the ULIP will help in integrating the logistics sector and ensuring first and last mile connectivity for seamless movement of people and goods.”

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Vipin Vohra felicitated on completion of CCPL’s 50 years

Mr. Vipin Vohra, Chairman, Continental Carriers Pvt Ltd (CCPL) was honoured at the 23rd Annual General Meet (AGM) of Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India (AMTOI) held on 28 September 2022 in Mumbai where Mr. Xerxess Master, President, AMTOI felicitated Mr. Vohra Vohra for the completion of 50 years of the company in logistics business since incorporation.

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