With the aim to modernise and computerise operations of cargo business solutions and go paperless, AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services(AAICLAS),which is a 100% subsidiary of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), has implemented an Integrated Cargo Management System (ICMS 1.1 version) at the air cargo facility in Coimbatore.
With the introduction of the ICMS 1.1, launched from February 1, import, export and bonded trucking transactions are processed online. This new system encompasses various activities and solutions, such as e-freight compliance and a web-based feedback system and includes a mobile application.
This new system facilitates exchange of data with the system of the Customs for final clearance of export and import cargo. Each stage of the export and import cargo handling processes is instantly done through the system.
The agents and shippers can generate terminal charges receipts from their offices by logging on to the portal. Airlines can also endorse carting orders for export of cargo through this online facility. The recent directive of GST norms of raising invoices with QR codes and IRN numbers is also implemented along with digital signatures, informs a senior cargo official.
He further informed that the trade and stakeholders will benefit with a reduction in time and cost. Pre-deposit account holders can also get the statement of accounts and the balance amounts are reflected in each invoice. Such an initiative for cargo handling processes is a facility that is comparable to the ones offered by private players, the official said.
The Coimbatore International Airport which handles cargo from nearly eight districts that are bound for export and domestic markets, include gold, engineering goods and spare parts and garment samples. On an average, the airport handled 800 tonnes of cargo in a month for domestic markets before COVID-19. At present, it is about 600 tonnes.
As per the official, several applications available in the ICMS platform are used widely at the airport for export and import of cargo. Furthermore, the volume of export cargo handled is likely to increase as international flight connectivity improves, the official said.