Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India]: The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport inaugurated the facilities to handle International courier and express cargo consignments on Wednesday. The new cargo terminal will boost import and export trade from the airport.
The new cargo terminal with a monthly capacity of 3,500 metric tonnes and 100 tones per day will be operated 24×7. The terminal provides end-to-end terminal handling services encompassing cityside handling, security functions, storage, terminal processing, and airside handling, under close monitoring and supervision to ensure safety of the cargo.
The cargo terminal handling capacity at the airport, in addition to adding incremental cargo handling capacity to the airport’s cargo infrastructure, provides an additional choice of services for the trade at the airport. The infrastructure and proximity of the new cargo terminal to both domestic and international passenger terminals are expected to significantly improve the service levels of cargo handling at the airport and beyond.
The terminal will also facilitate bonded road feeder services related to the handling of trucks that connect international bonded cargo between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. This makes the seamless transfer of bonded cargo between the 2 airports, possible with complete transparency and real-time tracking of shipments.
The security and handling equipment deployed at the new terminal are state of art. The IT system deployed includes all modern IT automation features, all functional modules, and a cargo community system.
The new cargo terminal is equipped to handle general pharmaceutical and perishable goods with temperature control from 15 to 25 degrees centigrade. The terminal will also be able to handle machinery parts, consol cargo, readymade garments, fabrics, dyes, chemicals, valuable cargo, and other commodities.
The terminal complex will soon have a dedicated airside transshipment facility and an international courier handling corridor.
The new cargo terminal has been operational from April 20 in the presence of senior delegates from Customs, BCAS, and other regulatory agencies, as well as senior officials from both the airport and AAHL.