Electronic data interchange at Trichy airport to boost cargo handling


While cargo exports from the Trichy International airport have been soaring at over 6,000 tonnes, plans to introduce the Electronic Data Interchange will be a shot in the arm for the cargo industry.

The Airports Authority of India and the customs department have decided to introduce the facility in the coming months and are working on obtaining approval for procuring the equipment to set up the servers, reports The Times of India. The exporters who were made to undergo a cumbersome procedure by going to Chennai will be able to complete the formalities in Trichy.

The airport has been growing at a tremendous pace when compared to the other airports in the country. The old terminals were changed into cargo terminals totally measuring up to 4,000 square metres. It has the ability to handle at least 250 tonnes at a time.

The EDI clearance given by the customs department is mandatory for export of all goods. The Ice Gate software, in which all the data is uploaded, is managed by the National Informatics Centre. At the airport here, things are done manually and this discourages exporters.

Airport sources said the project has been pending for the past two years and it finally reached an agreement that the AAI will facilitate the customs department with the equipment.



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