VISAKHAPATNAM : International cargo Operations from Visakhapatnam Airport, which has been pending from few years, has been finally cleared by the Civil Aviation Ministry, and handling of international cargo will begin from Today (2nd Nov,2017).
The Director General of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has given permission for international cargo operations from Vizag Airport and will enable many pharma and apparel companies to export their products directly, instead of depending on Chennai and Hyderabad, according to Airport Director Prakash Reddy.
“Currently over 4,000 tonnes of pharma cargo from coastal AP region is being exported through Hyderabad and Brandix Apparel at Atchutapuram SEZ has been depending on Chennai for its exports as well as imports of raw material from across the country and other nations and even agro-based industries from Vizianagaram and iron-based alloy industries and cashew industry in Srikakulam are depending on other airports for their exports,” he said.
“The permission to handle international cargo will benefit many industries from Visakhapatnam region as they can export and import pharmaceuticals, apparel, agro products directly. This will be a major boost to trade and industry from the coastal districts,” AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation (APCCIF) president G. Sambasiva Rao said in a statement hailing the initiative by the Director General of Civil Aviation.
“The focus should now be on getting dedicated cargo flights. MP K. Haribabu and Union Minister of Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju deserve credit for their positive action in this regard,” Vizag Development Council vice president O. Naresh Kumar said.
The major commodities being exported from Visakhapatnam include:
- Frozen sea foods
- food products
- metals and ores
- machinery and spares
- building materials.
Story source : TheHindu