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DIAL Cargo gets international “e ASIA 2007 Award” I.G.I. Airport becomes the First Indian Airport to get this award
22  September, 2007
DIAL Cargo gets international “e ASIA 2007 Award” I.G.I. Airport becomes the First Indian Airport to get this award

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 traffic.

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.

© Indira Gandhi International Airport.