MANGALORE: The much awaited International Air Cargo Complex at Mangalore International Airport, which was opened on March 18, will be fully operational from May 1.
V Shreenivas Phani, assistant commissioner of Customs, said at an interaction programme held at Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industries (Khere that the six stages of bills of entry process for booking of cargo will be done manually in the initial stage. “The process of bills of entry including presentation of bills, checking, appraisal, assessment, pre-audit and payment of duties will be done electronically in the later stage. The Customs and the custodian of Air Cargo Complex will work hand in hand to handle goods in a smooth way,” he said.
Airport director JT Radhakrishna, who is also the custodian of the International Air Cargo Complex, said that very soon air carrier companies are expected to connect special cargo flights with Mangalore International Airport. He said that very soon a cold storage will be set up in the cargo complex, which has about 4,000 square metre space at the old airport terminal.
On customs duty, Radhakrishna said that customers will have to pay a minimum of Rs 125 per consignment and Rs 0.76 per kilogram of additional goods for export. Meanwhile, minimum charge for import will be Rs 135 for each consignment and additional of Rs 4.76 per kilogram of goods, he said adding that air carriers will charge for cargo based on their tariff.
KCCI president Mohammed Ameen and vice president Nigam B Vasani were present.