Madhya Pradesh's first international air cargo services commenced from Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar airport on Wednesday with the first consignment from Ranbaxy and Tata International bound for Vietnam.
Air cargo complex custodian GSEC Director Samir Mankad informed that the cargo complex will initially cater to only flights having three to five tonne capacity and will be expanded as and when a dedicated freighter commences operations from the city.
The cargo complex has been built on 3,800 sq feet of space with a provision for expansion. It comprises warehouse, office spaces for Custom and GSEC officials, unloading section where goods are screened using an x-ray machine and the loading section from where the trolleys are taken to the aircraft hanger. There is also a separate section for imported goods and a strong room for storing precious cargo.
Meanwhile, addressing an International Customs Day function in Indore on Thursday, Customs and Excise Commissioner, Indore, Arvind Singh said there was huge potential for exports in the region and right kind of impetus was required to make the cargo complex among the best in the country.
Singh appealed to all the agencies involved including custom house agents, airlines and the custodian GSEC to provide services at competitive rates for initial months to get the cargo complex going. He also urged Indian Airlines to dedicate at least one cargo plane for the complex.