Delhi Airport becomes China’s exclusive cargo transshipment centre in India

  • Chinese firms routing cargo to central Asian countries through Delhi Airport’s TEC

  • First consignment from Beijing for onward delivery to Ukraine reached Delhi last week

  • Earlier Bangladesh firms sent a consignment of readymade garments from Dhaka to Manchester through Delhi Airport’s TEC

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) today announced that it has been chosen as the exclusive cargo transshipment centre in India by China. As per this significant development, Chinese cargo to the central Asian countries is now being routed through Delhi Airport’s newly launched world-class Transshipment Excellence Centre (TEC).

An Air Asia X (D7) freighter, carrying garment and accessories, brought the consignment from Beijing to Delhi for onward delivery to Ukraine in the last week of 2019. This was the first instance of international-to-international movement of China’s cargo via Delhi Airport.

With this, a new gateway has been created for the movement of international transshipment cargo connecting China to Ukraine through Delhi Airport.

Mr. Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL said, “Delhi has emerged as a cargo hub for businesses in North India and neighbouring countries. This new movement of international transhipment cargo connecting China to Ukraine via Delhi Airport will give a significant impetus to the air cargo and regional logistics sectors. TEC not only provides a new momentum to the efficient movement of transshipment air cargo through secure channel, but also contributes significantly in promoting Delhi Airport as Air Cargo Hub of the region and an Air Cargo Gateway to the World.

Prior to this, the newly launched TEC was used by Bangladesh firms for sending a consignment of readymade garments from Dhaka to Manchester. With its two state-of-the-art integrated cargo terminals and TEC at the airside for smooth and efficient movement of transshipment cargo, Delhi airport is emerging as a transshipment hub for India’s neighbours.

To put Delhi Airport as an air cargo hub for the region, DIAL has also developed Airport Cargo Logistics Centre (ACLC), as on-airport warehousing facility, to handle all types of cargo, such as textile, retail, electronics, perishable, pharma, project cargo, livestock, etc.

With the dedicated transshipment cargo route for China via India, now, Delhi Airport will play a crucial role in movement of transshipment cargo to world market and vice-versa, enhancing the air cargo trade through India.

Mr. Harish Bhardwaj, Business Head of M/s GAC Logistics, the freight forwarder said,As an initial process for this new facilitation at Delhi Airport, we are indeed amazed to experience the pro-activeness in services provided by Delhi Airport for this very first cargo routing of transshipment between Beijing – Delhi – Ukraine. After successful movement of this transshipment cargo from Delhi, our foreign business partners are excited and quite confident to increase the volume of transshipment via Delhi Airport”.

With the three operational runways and nine freighter parking bays, Delhi Airport is India’s largest and busiest airport. The airport is going to add three more freighter parking bays.

Delhi Airport has the capacity to handle over 1.8 million MT of cargo annually, which is scalable to 2.3 million MT.  In FY’19, the airport achieved a new milestone of handling over 1 million MT cargo, the highest volume of cargo handled by any airport in India in a year.

The airport has a world-class dedicated temperature control facility to ensure end-to-end temperature controlled supply chain. The facility can handle around 1.5 lakh MT perishable and pharma cargo annually.

Delhi Airport also has the largest airline network connecting 75 international and 69 domestic destinations served by 63 air carriers and 17 freighter airlines.

DIAL is the first Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certified airport by Indian Customs, and also the first to receive e-AWB 360 (e-Airways Bill 360) certification from IATA (International Air Transport Association) for achieving 100% e-freight compliant processes.


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