Bangalore International Airport has launched India’s first dedicated express cargo terminal exclusively for export and import of international courier. The 200,000 sq. ft. built-to-suit facility will house leading global express courier organisations such as DHL Express and FedEx Express.
Cargo operations at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport) are set to get bigger and better with the operationalisation of the Express Cargo Terminal. Developed by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) – operator of BLR Airport – the 200,000 sq. ft. built-to-suit facility will house leading global express courier organisations such as DHL Express and FedEx Express. Express Industry Council of India (EICI) will operate the Common-User Express Terminal for other courier companies. The Common-user Terminal will add impetus to Bengaluru’s already strong e-commerce base. The terminal will have a dedicated space for Customs offices, and direct access to both landside and airside.
The terminal was inaugurated by M. Srinivas (IRS), Chief Commissioner of Customs, Bengaluru Zone in the presence of Ashok (IRS), Principal Commissioner of Customs, Airport & Air Cargo Complex, Shiv Kumar Mohanka, Dy. Inspector General/ CASO, CISF ASG KIAB and Vijay Kumar, CEO, Express Industry Council of India (EICI). The event was attended virtually by R S Subramanian, SVP & Managing Director, DHL Express India, Manish Patel, VP Operations, DHL Express India and Mohamad Sayegh, Vice President Operations – India, FedEx Express. “At South India’s busiest cargo airport, this exclusive terminal for express couriers at BLR Airport will significantly boost the trade and economy of the region. The new terminal will enable ease of doing business and reduce transaction time and cost for the shipper by providing a dedicated facility for express courier shipments,” said M. Srinivas.
“BLR Airport is well on track towards becoming a cargo hub, offering world-class infrastructure, powered by leading global logistics providers. With express courier gaining greater significance following the exponential growth of e-commerce, the Express Cargo Terminal at BLR airport is a significant step towards supporting and driving this growth. In addition, it will facilitate trade and faster movement of goods across the world,” said Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL.
“The industry – led by EICI – created the Common-User Express Terminal at BLR Airport in 2008. EICI facilitated this terminal since there was a need for such a terminal to support the growth of the industry. BLR Airport, as we all know, is strategically located and is a major gateway for cross-border international trade in South India. With BIAL creating India’s first dedicated Express Cargo Terminal, the express industry has now got a major boost to continue growing the express business and achieve greater heights,” said Vijay Kumar, CEO, EICI
The express cargo market for business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) sectors has tremendous potential to grow over the next decade, thanks to the larger playing field with multiple service providers, improved transit time, and value-added services.