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Govt plans air freight stations to transport coronavirus vaccines

Air freight stations near manufacturing sites will enable direct movement of vaccines to the aircraft

CARGO, TRADE, transport, flight, export, import

Companies in India like the Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech, and Zydus Cadila are in the process of manufacturing vaccines which, besides being used here, will be exported

Arindam MajumderAneesh Phadnis New Delhi/Mumbai
From reducing dwell time at airports to faster overflight and landing permits, India is planning regulatory changes to quicken the procedure of transporting vaccines for Covid-19 from and into the country. The government is considering setting up air freight stations (AFS) to enable direct movement of vaccines from pharmaceutical factories to the aircraft.

An AFS is an off-airport cargo-handling facility that, apart from managing the goods for shipment, reduces congestion at the main airport terminal.

According to the plan, export and import clearances for cargo — including Customs activities like assessment, examination, and duty payment — will be provided at

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First Published: Nov 23 2020 | 6:10 AM IST

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