International Air Transport Association

In the regions: India Industry Action Group (IIAG)

At the December 2006 IATA Cargo in Emerging Markets conference in India, Aleks Popovich, Global Head of Cargo at IATA, proposed the formation of the India Industry Action Group. Its purpose is to address the pressing needs of the Indian air cargo industry, with the objective of bringing the industry up to world-class standards.

In order for the initiative to succeed, input and support must be obtained from the following stakeholders:
  • The customer
  • The government
  • Commercial bodies
  • Customs
  • Members of the supply Chain
  • Members of the air transport industry
The suggested agenda for the IIAG was
  • Giving a voice to the customer
  • Promoting industry awareness, education and training
  • Accelerating e-freight
  • Accelerating global industry standards
  • Improving security and safety, introducing Cargo 2000 and sharing services
Based on the excellent response, the following industry leaders now form the core group of the IIAG:
1. Mr. P. Senthil Kumar – Deputy Commercial Director-Cargo, Air India
2. Mrs. Anita Khurana – Director Commercial, Indian Airlines
3. Ms. Tulsi Mirchandaney –Senior Vice President, Marketing and Projects, Blue Dart Express
4. Mr. Kurt Breinlinger – Managing Director-South Asia, Panalpina
5. Mr. Jean Pascal Cetran – Director, Air France-KLM Cargo, India, Nepal and Bhutan
6. Mr. Raajeev Bhatnagar – Managing Director, UT Worldwide

The first IIAG meeting was held on 5 April 2007 in New Delhi and threw light on several key areas that need attention:
  • Facilities at airports and space constraints
  • Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF): prices for domestic and taxes
  • Industry recognition for freight forwarders
  • Processes – Customs and EDI
  • Regulatory – ground handling
  • Cargo security – known shipper, imports, Automated Manifest Systems (AMS)
  • Requirements for Bonded Warehouses outside airports
  • Training and development plans for industry members

The second IIAG meeting held on 7 August 2007 in New Delhi was attended by two special guests:
Mr. J. K. Batra, Director General, Customs-Safeguards and Trade Facilitation, and Mr. Y. Tomar, Associate General Manager-Cargo, GMR/DIAL, who provided extremely beneficial insights into the workings, future plans (WCO standards – EDI/Automation) and proposals from the perspectives of both customs and airports.

Several pressing issues were also raised, including uncertainties about trans-shipments at Indian airports, and the development of Air Freight stations to enable better handling and movement of cargo and the decongestion of the airports. Mr. J. K. Batra, proposed actions to be addressed before the next IIAG in November 2007. These include contacting the Chief Commissioner Customs, Bangalore , in order to obtain the necessary permission for trans-shipments at Bangalore Airport as well as the Notice of notification; and also, negotiating with the Delhi Airport operator (GMR) for allocation of space to set up Air Freight stations.

The work already carried out at both meetings shows that the IIAG is on track with its aim to successfully achieve the industry’s requirements through interaction with government agencies and regulatory bodies.

You can get further updates on IIAG at the

IATA World Cargo Symposium 2008
Focus on the Customer

3-6 March 2008 — Rome, Italy