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Draft National Logistics Policy should incentivize express industry: EICI

Express Industry Council of India (EICI), which represents leading express companies in the Country, said the draft National Logistics Policy document does not focus on express industry and air cargo sectors, which are integral parts of the logistics network.

It said “The Government has overlooked express industry, especially air cargo segment, in the draft National Logistics Policy.”

Draft logistics policy misses air cargo sectors 

EICI Chief Operating Officer, Vijay Kumar said “We laud the efforts in preparing the draft policy covering a broad spectrum of focus areas to drive the growth of Indian logistics sector. However, we note that the policy document does not focus on express industry and air cargo sectors, which are integral parts of the logistics network.”

The air express has also been overlooked in the Multi Modal Mix even though air is an essential segment of the movement of goods, he added. It also said that air cargo delivery needs special focus to reduce logistics costs in the Country. 

Efficient air express infrastructure contributes directly to global competitiveness

He further added that, “In developing countries like India, an efficient air express infrastructure contribute directly to global competitiveness of the Country by ensuring just in time deliveries and reduced clearance dwell time.

Further, efficient express delivery industry acts as an economic catalyst by opening up new market opportunities, moving products and services with speed and efficiency”.

The Government had issued the draft National Logistics Policy early this year, aiming to reduce the logistics costs from 13-14% of GDP to 10% “in line with best-in-class global standards.”

EICI represents both domestic and International express companies operating in India including Aramex, FedEx, Blue Dart, DHL, DTDC, First Flight, GATI, TNT and UPS. It also suggested measures to streamline e-way Bill system.


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