Date: 15/05/2024

Exporters want priority shipment for MSMEs at Delhi Airport 
Indian exporters have sought priority shipment facilities for local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) as transhipment of Bangladesh’s export cargo to third countries through the Delhi Air Cargo complex is causing delays, inflating freight expenses. The Noida Apparel Export Cluster (NAEC), where 80% of the apparel production and export units are MSMEs, has sought a 25% quota for such units in cargo with priority in shipment. Air freight has quadrupled in the past two months, say exporters. Tonnes of Bangladesh-made garments transiting Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi are cornering space in aircraft bound for Europe and the US, leaving less room for Indian exporters. Due to the geopolitics-related disruption in cargo movement via the Red Sea, Dhaka’s garment exports to third countries have been routed by air via Delhi since February 2023, as per a report.