Wednesday, May 07, 2008

BIAL's air freight centre now ready

BIAL's air freight centre now ready
DH News Service, Bangalore:
DHL Global Forwarding, a logistics company, on Tuesday announced the opening of its fully functional bonded warehouse cum airfreight office inside the new air cargo terminal of the Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli.


The DHL warehouse, said to be the first of its kind in the country, is equipped with a dedicated bonded space of 1,255 sq mts for both imports and exports inside the cargo terminal. This is in partnership with the Air India and SATS. Tony Widmer, senior vice-president and worldwide head of DHL airfreight said, “With South India being an important region for the company, the new facility at BIA is expected to lead to faster clearances of cargo and better inventory management of cargo.” This is a major development in the air cargo space in the country, with the DHL being the first organisation to be accorded permission to have direct access to cargo within a bonded area at an airport.

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Madhav Thapar, sub-regional airfreight director (South Asia) said DHL will explore the option of establishing a cargo facility, whereever a greenfield airport exists in the country.

With a current market share of 24 per cent of the total import and export volumes from Bangalore, DHL expects it to grow to over 20 percent in the next year.

The company’s current share in the South stands at 50 per cent. The BIA warehouse-airfreight office will house a team of 50 employees.Moreover, last year the company handled 36,000 tonnes of export and 1000,000 tonnes of import

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