Delhi Airport is now a transshipment hub connecting the world to Bangladesh

Today the first batch of transshipment cargo from Bangladesh was welcomed by the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a subsidiary of GMR Airports Infrastructure Limited (GIL). The cargo left Dhaka on 26th February to reach the Delhi Airport by road today, and will leave for its destination in Spain on 5th March. This will pave the way for a faster and cost-effective route of shipping export cargo internationally.

The transshipment cargo will reach from Dhaka to Delhi, via the Bangladesh-India border at Benapole-Petrapol. Once the cargo leaves the Petrapol border after all security checks, it can be tracked throughout its journey, including its arrival at the Delhi Airport, during security clearances, and final uploading of cargo on the aircraft. With Delhi Airport’s direct connectivity to most European nations, this route will further boost the Indian government’s initiative of helping reach countries of the Indian sub-continent to their full potential.

“With this initiative, the Delhi Airport is on its way to become the International Cargo hub of the world, serving as a transshipment centre between East and West. Globally, most manufacturing happens in South and South-East Asian countries, which lack freight and cargo handling capacity. This is where Delhi Airport can help nations come together, help businesses and economies of neighbouring countries prosper.”

Mr. Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, DIAL

Delhi Airport received approval from the Government of India on February 7th allowing DIAL to serve as Cargo Transshipment hub between Bangladesh and other global destinations for export cargo. The decision is expected to boost India’s national economy, while reducing the shipment cost significantly for manufacturers from Bangladesh, and increasing the daily export of international cargo via Delhi Airport including ready-made garments (RMG), handlooms, footwear, leather products, jute products and pharmaceuticals. Bangladeshi RMG products are especially in demand in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, parts of Eurasia and in the USA.

Over the years, Bangladesh has emerged as a global manufacturing hub for ready-made garments. The transshipment model from Bangladesh via Delhi to the world, is further expected to create new vistas for the South Asian country. Since Bangladeshi manufacturers rely heavily on India for raw material including threads, textiles, jute, leather and pharmaceutical raw material, any boost in exports will directly result in an increase in demand for produced-in-India raw material in Bangladesh.

To ensure ease-of-doing-business, DIAL has created a special truck docking facility and a dedicated X-ray area for swift transfer of cargo to their outbound locations.

Delhi Airport is the largest Cargo Hub Airport in the South Asia region, with two integrated Cargo Terminals having an annual cargo handling capacity of 1.8 million MT which is scalable to 2.3 million MT. The cargo handling capacity of the Delhi Airport, gives it a unique position to help cater to manufacturers and suppliers internationally, and especially in South East Asia for a faster and cost-effective way to ship their cargo across western nations.  

The cargo terminals of the Delhi Airport have world-class infrastructure with GDP certified temperature-controlled facilities for handling temperature-sensitive cargo. The temperature-controlled cargo facilities have a capacity to handle over 1.5 lakh MT per annum. These facilities have state-of-the-art temperature-controlled zones with separate cool chambers ranging from –20 deg C to +25 deg C.

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