New Delhi, September 22, 2007: The Cargo operations
of Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL) has won a highly
prestigious “e-Asia 2007 Award” on “Implementation of e- Commerce /
Electronic Data Interchange in Air Cargo Sector” at an international
convention held in Bangkok, Thailand. The award was given by Asia
Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation & Electronic Business (AFACT).
Over 30 contestants from 18 different countries had made presentations
on their e-operations and DIAL’s entity, was adjudged “Best” by the
Evaluation Committee of AFACT.
Implementation of the Electronic Commerce / Electronic Data Interchange
is one of the thrust areas of the Govt. of India under Export Promotion
Board (EPB) and is coordinated by Ministry of Commerce. This results in
paperless e-transactions as per international standards. The said
project was initiated by AAI at four metro Indian airports and steered
by a core team of DIAL officials for IGI Airport.
After implementation of the project, all concerned agencies connected
with Export & Import cargo like Cargo Agents, Customs, Airlines and the
Warehouse Operator at the airports are able to exchange relevant data
and minimise human intervention except for the physical delivery of
cargo. With this, the Agencies are able to file papers with Customs,
book consignments with Airlines and make payments to Warehouse Operator
from the comforts of their workplace, electronically. The e-system will
help Freight Forwarders send consignments and commercial information to
Airlines, Customs and to Warehouse Operator at Indian airports prior to
landing of the aircraft so that they are ready to take delivery within
shortest possible time. Such implementation has made the transactions,
seamless, instant and paperless to a great extent.
Earlier this year, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has been
awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2000 quality certificate for the
International Cargo Terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The certificate, awarded by the Lloyd's Register is recognition of the
efforts put in by DIAL to improve customer service, quality control and
efficiency. DIAL achieved this landmark after a short span of seven
months from taking over charge of the IGI Airport.
The air cargo terminal spread over 27 acres of land manages and operates
a common user infrastructure facility for storage and processing of
international air cargo. With the help of semi-mechanized integrated
facilities, the terminal undertakes secured and efficient Export, Import
and trans- shipment cargo functions. It provides a single window
clearance for export and import cargo, with a view to facilitate
expeditious processing and custom clearance of International Cargo.
Air Cargo Traffic is growing rapidly in India. Currently, Delhi Airport
handles more than 0.4 million tonnes of cargo per annum. This figure is
expected to grow to 2.0 million tonnes by 2025. DIAL is aiming to
modernize Delhi Airport to help cater to the growing passenger and cargo
DIAL has also started work on the integrated passenger terminal and
runway and the new terminal would be inaugurated in 2010 before the
Commonwealth Games. Prior to that in 2008, a brand new Code F compliant
runway and domestic terminal will be ready to cater to the growing
traffic. With the new terminals and runway, Delhi Airport will be able
to cater to 37 million passengers per annum (mppa) and handle 75
aircraft movements per hour. The Master Plan envisages an ultimate
design capacity of 100 million passengers per annum by 2026.
AFACT aims to promote the commitment and development of trade
facilitation, electronic business policies and activities in the Asia
Pacific region, mainly focusing on those promoted by UN/CEFACT (United
Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business), to
guide, stimulate, improve and promote the ability of business, trade and
administrative organizations from members, as well as to exchange
products and relevant services effectively within AFACT community.