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hile airlines struggle to simply survive, t he cargo
sector has been
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way around the
routes and charters – but as cargo-only operations – have quickly become
a practical and innovative strategy.
Perishable have been a good growth area, with higher profit margins, for an air cargo industry that is experiencing an overall slump in volumes.
In general, products transported by air, such as timesensitive perishables and pharmaceuticals, and highvalue materials including computers, consumer electronics and automotive spare parts were among the fastestgrowing trade flows in the world even during the
pandemic. This increase in demand for these
products has in-turn, increased air cargo market
growth against a crisis of uncertainty such as
the COVID-19 pandemic, which arrived at
overwhelming speed and enormous scale.
In developed countries,
dedicated air cargo terminals
are being designed in tandem
with the increased air cargo
volume to speed up the air
cargo screening process as well
as efficiently manage security
threats. With the aid of advanced
air cargo screening systems, new
freight terminals are increasingly
being established and expanded,
which in a way is triggering the expansion of the air cargo market.
Movements exceeds from India
Perishables may be among the most takenfor-granted items that people consume
around the world in more normal times, but
their importance – and those who sell and
transport them – has been cast into the
spotlight in the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Fears of potential food
shortages led some already nervous consumers to panic buying, but have led more
widely to a greater appreciation of simply
having access to fresh food and the process
that brings it to us.
Although global perishable markets
were taking a hit – some because of scarce
capacity and some due to dramatically
of Civil Aviation,
We used to have six freighter aircraft and now we
have 18 dedicated freighter aircraft moving around.
The central government approved 150 passenger
aircraft for cargo-on-seats operations. We
had all the stakeholders coming together and
fixing the glitches during the testing times
and we are working on to institutionalise the
changing coronavirus lifestyles – in which flowers, for
instance, suddenly became frivolous, overall food and
vegetable exports kept growing.
For instance, India’s overall food exports since March
have increased 27 per cent. During the
difficult time of COVID 19 pandemic, the
country has sustained the world food supply chain and has continued with exports.
For essential commodities such as rice,
wheat and pulses, more than 100 per cent
spike in demand has been registered.
India’s exports turned positive for the
first time in the fiscal, registering 5.27 per
cent growth in September.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agricultural Cooperation & Farmers Welfare
(DAC&FW) under India’s Ministry of Agriculture announced that Indian exports of
agricultural commodities during March to
June earned `25552.7 crore against `20734.8
crore during the same period in 2019, displaying an increase of 23.24 per cent.
Grapes lead the chart in fresh fruit
exports followed by mango, pomegranate,
banana, and oranges. While in vegetables,
onions, potatoes, tomatoes, and green chillies makes up the majority, says data from
the Ministry of Agriculture.
Indian green chillies dominate the
European market with most of the exports
destined to the UK, Italy and France. But
it is no more the case, as a few days back
Pakistan started to export the same chillies
with 40 percent low price.
However, exporters are blaming the
yet to be stable air freight rates as it ac-
The Department of
India’s Ministry of
Indian exports of
during March to
crore during the
same period in
2019, displaying an
increase of 23.24
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