India’s new perishables hub
28 / 05 / 2012
A NEW air cargo hub for perishable goods is to be based at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (India).
Gujarat Agro Industries, a government enterprise, is behind the project aimed at capitalising on the huge amount of perishables, including vegetables, fruits and exotic flowers, Gujarat exports.
Middle Eastern countries and the UK are some of the biggest importers of the western state’s fresh produce.
It is estimated about 40 per cent of the vegetables exported via Mumbai Airport are sourced from Gujarat.
However, according to Gujarat Agro, prices tend to rise at Mumbai’s air cargo complex during the peak season and it also sufferers from traffic gridlock.
The new hub will allow exporters to bypass Mumbai altogether.