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Grade A warehousing in India to cross 300 million square feet by 2025: Report

Jun 14, 2024 08:20 PM IST

Warehousing supply in India is expected to surpass 300 mn sq ft by 2025. Experts credit strong industrial demand, conducive government policies for the growth

The warehousing sector is set to cross the 300 million square feet-mark by 2025, according to a new report jointly released by developers’ body CREDAI and realty data analysis platform CRE Matrix.

The Indian warehousing sector is set to cross the 300 million square feet-mark by 2025 (Picture for representational purposes only) (Pixabay)
The Indian warehousing sector is set to cross the 300 million square feet-mark by 2025 (Picture for representational purposes only) (Pixabay)

Currently, the overall Grade A warehousing stock in the country stands at 216.2 million square feet (msf).

“With e-commerce, retail expansion and global companies entering India, we foresee a robust demand and supply growth for Grade A warehouses,” said CREDAI president Boman Irani, adding that India’s favourable policies, competitive manufacturing costs and labor availability make it a prime investment destination.

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Demand continued to surpass supply in the first quarter of the ongoing calendar year with an absorption to supply ratio of 1.4, alongside a 5% increase in rentals. Meanwhile Grade A/A+ vacancy levels declined 1.2% year-on-year across the top-6 cities, per the report.

“Q1 CY 2024’s 5% rental increase highlights the demand surge in this evolving asset class,” Irani underscored.

Third party logistics players accounted for a 27% share in the overall demand during the March quarter, followed by manufacturing and e-commerce at 20% and 12%, respectively.

Pune, NCR account for 45% share in demand for A Grade warehousing

Geographically, Pune and the National Capital Region (NCR) accounted for a 45% share in demand for Grade A/A+ warehousing during the period, while the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and NCR jointly had a demand touching 53% in the segment.

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The report also highlighted that MMR saw a 52% jump in supply during the first quarter of 2024, compared to the corresponding period last year.

According to the report, warehousing in India has been a preferred asset class for investors and developers owing to quicker production, higher revenue generation and lower risks. Additionally, policy support from the government including infrastructure status to the logistics sector, GST implementation, and permitting 100% FDI in warehousing and storage, has been a key contributor in attracting investments in this sector, the report noted.

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“We are on the right track to achieve Grade A completions of 85 msf in the next 7 quarters to end 2025 with a 300 msf Grade A stock milestone,” said Abhishek Kiran Gupta, co-founder and chief executive of CRE Matrix and IndexTap.

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