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The Air Cargo Complex at Chennai Airport was established on 1st February 1978. It undertakes functions such as :

  1. Air Cargo Custodian related services for storage and processing of both import and export cargo on behalf of the Customs including postal mail handing.
  2. Cargo terminal services for the airlines to facilitate both export and import operations.
  3. Provide customer facilitation for exporters, importers and their representatives for freight forwarding and Customs clearance of cargo.
  4. Completely Air Conditioned Public Transaction Counter cum Waiting Area for Documentation / works for Customs Agents.
  5. Standard Canteen facility on 24 x 7 basis.
  6. Medical facility for first aid 24 x 7 basis.
  7. CCTV cameras surveillance at strategic locations.  
 
Infrastructure Facilities Available

The Air Cargo Complex consists of two major divisions which are Export Cargo Facility and Import Cargo Facility. Under the Phase-I & II infrastructure for Export cargo operations and under Phase-III for Import cargo operations were enhanced to meet the air cargo needs.

EXPORT CARGO FACILITY

  1. The export facility consists of 17,828 Sqm. of modernized and mechanized terminal for air cargo handling. The main features of export terminal include:
  2. 02 Elevated Transfer Vehicles (ETVs) with 178 multilevel stackers for storage of built up ULDs.
  3. 18 mechanized embedded ULD "build up" positions with inbuilt UNIT load weighing facility.
  4. Centre for perishable cargo storage facility with a holding capacity of 40 MT.
  5. Strong room for storage and safe custody of valuables.
  6. Separate storage facilities for dangerous and hazardous goods.
  7. 10 x-ray scanning machines for scanning of export cargo.
  8. Embedded Electronic and manual weighing scale facilities.
  9. Availability of various types of cargo handling equipments.
  10. Scissors lifts for BUPs handling.
  11. Explosive Trace Detector (ETD)
  12. CCTV coverage at strategic locations.
  13. Cargo safety related signages displayed at all conspicuous points.

IMPORT CARGO FACILITY

  1. The import facility consists of 42,000 Sqm. of covered area for storage and processing of import cargo. The major facilities available in import include:
  2. A temperature controlled cold storage consisting 03 chambers for storage of perishable cargo such as Pharmaceuticals, Fruits, Vegetables, Meat, etc.
  3. Strong room for storage of import valuable cargo.
  4. Separate isolated storage area for dangerous and hazardous cargo.
  5. Separate examination area for unaccompanied baggage unit equipped with X-BIS.
  6. Adequate number of various cargo handling equipments such as trolleys, tow-trucks, tractors, forklifts, etc.
  7. State of the art ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System) having 8000 storage bins with annual holding capacity of 5,84,000MT spread out in an area of 6700 sqms. Upto 17 meters in height.
  8. CCTV coverage at strategic locations.
  9. Cargo safety related signages displayed at all conspicuous points.
  10. New cold storage facility has been commissioned at Import Phase-III effective from May 2014 which have a temperature of 0 – 10 Deg. C to store the perishable cargo.
 
Working System of Air Cargo Operations

The cargo operations are managed through Integrated Cargo Management System (ICMS).  Software application got developed by AAI for conducting the air cargo activities in an online mode. The system is integrated with 10G Oracle data base and customer interface is provided through web based EDI. In fact, the customer agents are facilitated to do the online transactions with AAI from the comforts of their offices using the web based EDI without having the need to contact cargo complex counters

 
Cargo Profile of Both Export and Import

Garments, leather and electronics constitutes the major export commodities, whereas, electronics, machineries, automobile components, telecommunication equipments, computer hardware, goods, etc. consists of major import commodities. As on date, on an average 700 MT (Export 350 MT and Import 350 MT approximately) is being handled on a daily basis at Chennai Air Cargo Complex depending upon the economic conditions in the world economy.

 
Cargo Handling Equipments Available

Type of equipments used for cargo operations

Forklift – 12 MT

Forklift – 05 MT

Forklift – 03 MT

Tractor (Diesel)

High Mast Stacker

Hydraulic Pallet Trucks

Tow Trucks

Four Wheel Trolleys

Two Wheel Trolleys

Electronic Weighing Scales

Manual Weighing Scales

X-Ray Machines

Balance stacker (to be added shortly)

 

 
Cargo Handling Agencies

AAI have appointed the authorized GHA M/s Bhadra International India Ltd., who have taken over the export cargo operations w.e.f. December 2010 and import cargo operations w.e.f. February 2011 who has been taking care of complete cargo ground handling services. 

Airlines handled by M/s BIIL on behalf of AAI

Airlines handled by Air India

Air Arabia

Air India (AI)

Air Asia

Air Mauritius

Air Austral

Kuwait Airways

Blue Dart

Malaysia Airlines

British Airways

Saudia Airlines

Cathay Pacific

Singapore Airlines

Emirates

Silk Air

Etihad Airlines

Maldivian Airlines

Ethiopian Air

 

Jet Airways

 

Gulf Airways

 

Oman Air

 

Lufthansa

 

KLM

 

Qatar Airways

 

Spice Jet

 

Srilankan Airlines

 

Thai Airways

 

Fedex

 

Thai Air Asia (Scheduled)

 

Indigo Airlines

 

DHL (Bonded truck)

 

Fedex (Bonded truck)

 

Fits Aviation (NSO)

 

Tiger Airways

 

Air Berlin

 

 
Working Hours

EXPORT

IMPORT

Acceptance of general / perishable / SEZ cargo on 24 x 7 basis*.
Round the clock operations provided for palletization of export cargo and release of export ULDs to airlines.

Normal cargo clearance from 1000 hours to 2200 hours.
Round the clock cargo clearance facility is provided for perishable, SEZ, RMS Cargo and emergency cargo*.
Round the clock cargo operations are provided for receiving cargo from the airlines.
BUPs are delivered carrying Import cargo on 24 x 7 basis.
Beyond 1900 hours cargo is delivered on MOT (Merchant Overtime) basis.

* As per CBEC directives issued recently, the Customs Clearance facility has been introduced w.e.f. July 2013 in Export (for all type of cargo) / Import (limited to RMS cargo) both on round the clock basis as a pilot project.

 
Notified Charges Levied By AAI

TERMINAL, STORAGE AND PROCESSING CHARGES FOR EXPORT CARGO

[Period of validity (2013 – 2016)]

Type of Cargo

Rate per kg.

Minimum rate per consignment

General

Rs. 0.74

Rs. 125.00

# Special

Rs. 1.47

Rs. 245.00

Perishable

Rs. 0.74

Rs. 125.00

DEMURRAGE CHARGES FOR EXPORT CARGO (leviable on shipper)

Type of Cargo

Rate per kg.

Minimum rate per consignment

General

Rs. 0.76

Rs. 125.00

# Special

Rs. 1.50

Rs. 245.00

Perishable

Rs. 0.76

Rs. 125.00

NOTES: [Export Cargo]

  1. The free period for export cargo shall be one working day (24 hours) for examination/processing by the Shippers.
  2. 10% discount in the Terminal, Storage and Processing charges will be granted to Exporters, who opt for engaging their own loaders for offloading cargo from their vehicles at Truck Dock and shifting to Custom Examination Area.
  3. Terminal, Storage and Processing charges applicable to Newspaper and TV reel consignments shall be 50% of the prescribed charges.
  4. Consignments of human remains, coffin including unaccompanied baggage of deceased and Human eyes will be exempted from the purview of Terminal, Storage and Processing charges & Demurrage charges.
  5. Terminal, Storage and Processing charges are inclusive of Forklift charges wherever Forklift usage is involved. No separate Forklift charges will be levied.
  6. Special cargo consists of live animals, hazardous goods and valuable cargo.
  7. Charges will be levied on the ‘gross weight’ or the ‘chargeable weight’ of the consignment, whichever is higher. Wherever the ‘gross weight’ and (or) ‘volume weight’ is wrongly indicated on the Airway Bill and is found more, charges will be levied on the ‘actual gross weight’ or ‘actual volumetric weight’, whichever is higher.
  8. For misdeclaration of weight above 2% and upto 5% of declared weight, penal charges @ double the applicable Terminal, Storage and Processing charges and for variation above 5%, the penal charges @ 5 times the applicable Terminal, Storage and Processing charges will be leviable on the differential weight, subject to minimum amount equivalent to the applicable minimum Terminal, Storage and Processing charges. No penal charges will be leviable for variation upto and inclusive of 2%. This will not apply to valuable cargo.
  9. All Bills shall be rounded off to the nearest of Rs.5/=. As per IATA Tact Rule Book Clause 5.7.2, the rounding off procedure, when the rounding off Unit is 5.

 When the results of calculations           Rounded off amount will be
are between / and

 102.5 - 107.4                                         105

 107.5 - 112.4                                         110

  1. As an incentive to trade to utilize the lean hours, 20% discount in the Terminal, Storage and Processing charges will be granted to Export cargo admitted between 1000 hrs. to 1500 hrs. subject to levy of minimum rate per consignment as given in Scale of Charges.

TERMINAL, STORAGE AND PROCESSING CHARGES FOR IMPORT CARGO

Type of Cargo

Rate per kg.

Minimum rate per consignment

General

Rs. 4.96

Rs. 135.00

# Special and valuable

Rs. 9.89

Rs. 265.00

DEMURRAGE CHARGES FOR IMPORT CARGO

Type of Cargo

Period for charges

Rate per kg

Minimum rate per consignment

General Cargo

Upto 120 hours (5 days working) including free period of 72 hours.

Rs. 1.44

Rs. 325.00

Between 120 hours and 720 hours (6 and 30 days).

Rs. 2.87

Beyond 720 hours (30 days)

Rs. 4.31

# Special Cargo

Upto 120 hours (5 days working) including free period of 72 hours.

Rs. 2.87

Rs. 640.00

Between 120 hours and 720 hours (6 and 30 days).

Rs. 5.73

Beyond 720 hours (30 days)

Rs. 8.60

@ Valuable Cargo

Upto 120 hours (5 days working) including free period of 72 hours.

Rs. 5.73

Rs 1280.00

Between 120 hours and 720 hours (6 and 30 days).

Rs. 11.47

Beyond 720 hours (30 days)

Rs. 17.20

* Beyond normal working hours Rs. 200/- OT and next working day charges applicable.

NOTES: [Import Cargo]

  1. Consignments  of  human  remains,  coffin  including  baggage  of deceased  & human eyes will be exempted from the purview of Terminal, Storage and Processing charges & Demurrage charges.
  2. No separate Forklift charges will be levied.
  3. Charges will be levied on the ‘gross weight’ or the ‘chargeable weight’ of the consignment whichever is higher.  Wherever the ‘gross weight’ and (or) volume weight is  wrongly  indicated  on  the  Airway  Bill  and  is  actually  found more,  charges  will  be levied on the ‘actual gross weight’ or ‘actual volumetric weight’ or ‘chargeable weight’ whichever is higher.
  4. Special Import Cargo consists of cargo stored in cold storage, live animals and hazardous goods.
  5. Valuable  cargo  consists  of  gold,  bullion,  currency  notes, securities,  shares, share  coupons, travelers’ cheques,  diamonds (including diamonds for industrial  use), diamond jewelry, jewelry & watches made of silver, gold platinum and items valued at USD 1000 per Kg. & above.
  6. All  Bills  shall  be  rounded  off  to  the  nearest  of Rs. 5/=.   As  per  IATA  Tact  Rule Book Clause 5.7.2, the rounding off procedure, when the rounding off Unit is 5.

            When the results of calculations                             Rounded off
            amount will be are between / and

            102.5    -     107.4                                                   105

            107.5    -     112.4                                                   110

CHARGES LEVIABLE ON NON-SCHEDULED AIRLINES FOR VARIOUS CARGO HANDLING SERVICES PROVIDED BY AAI

[Period of validity 2013 to 2016]

SERVICES

Amount (in Rs.)

Storage charges for export cargo uplifted Beyond Free Period (per kg, per day)

2.99

Storage charges for export Valuable Cargo, Perishable, Live Animals and Hazardous Cargo uplifted beyond Free Period (per kg, per day)

6.02

Storage charges for import general cargo unchecked after a free period of 24 hours from the time of arrival of an aircraft per kg. per day
Bulk Cargo
Loaded ULD
Storage charges for special import cargo unchecked after a free period of 24 hours from the time of arrival of an aircraft:
Valuable
Perishable/Hazardous/live animal

Minimum charges per consignment (AWB)

 

2.99
1194

 

7.52
4.98

414.81

 
Future Expansion
  1. Adding one more freighter bay
  2. 09 chambers of new cold storage is being created in Phase-III import wing where even loaded ULD’s can be stored.
  3. Developing of Common User Domestic Cargo Complex.
  4. Procurement / Hiring of new x-ray machines for Export Cargo.
  5. Ball-mated flooring with scissor lift in NS-6 / NS-7 shed for smooth flow of import receiving operations as well as binning in ASRS.
  6. Augmentation of more space in Export Wing after conducting series of e-auction(s) and subsequent clearance of accumulated uncleared / unclaimed import cargo.
 
Awarded by South East India CEO conclave

Air Cargo Complex at Chennai Airport was adjudged the best Air Cargo Complex in whole of the Southern and Eastern part of the country, hence, awarded consecutively for three years in a row since 2010 onwards.

 
Schedule of Charges leviable on Non-Scheduled Operators

Air Cargo Complex at Chennai Airport was adjudged the best Air Cargo Complex in whole of the Southern and Eastern part of the country, hence, awarded consecutively for three years in a row since 2010 onwards.

S. No.

Particular of services

Charges

1

Storage charges for export cargo uplifted beyond free period

2.99 / Kg. / day

2

Storage charges for export valuable perishable cargo, live animals and hazardous cargo uplifted beyond free period.

6.02 / Kg. / day

3.

(A) Storage charges for import general cargo unchecked after a free period of 24 hours from the time of arrival of an aircraft per kg./ day

Bulk Cargo
Loaded ULD

(B) Storage charges for special import cargo unchecked after a free period of 24 hours from the time of arrival of an aircraft:
Valuable
Perishable / Hazardous / Live Animal

(C) Minimum charges per consignment (AWB)

 

 

2.99 / Kg. / day
1194

 

7.52 / Kg. / day
4.98 / Kg. / day

414.81

Note:

  1. Demurrage charges on Import Transhipment cargo will be as applicable to import cargo except that no handling charges shall be charged.
  2. Demurrage charges on transshipment cargo from domestic to international and from international to international shall be treated as same as applicable for export cargo, after allowing the prescribed free period.
  3. The free period for export cargo for the NSOs would be 48 hrs. in the bonded area since the time of bonding.
  4. All bills preferred by the handling company i.e. AAI shall be rounded off to the nearest higher of Rs. 5/-.
  5. All charges by NSOs shall be on cash and carry basis.
  6. No free period may be allowed on second time handling / upliftment of export cargo from cargo terminal.  Applicable charges (storage) shall be levied.
  7. In case of transit ULDs brought by the Airlines handed over to AAI for storage in the bonded area / ETV stacker for any reasons, the storage charges as per para 3 shall be levied.
 
Schedule of Charges/ Discounts/ Incentives leviable/ payable on/to Airlines for various Cargo Handling Services rendered by AAI at the Cargo Terminal

S.N.

Particulars

Rates   (Rs.)

01.

(i)Storage charges for General export uplifted beyond free period

1.81 per kg

(ii) Storages charges for valuable
Export Cargo Perishable/ Live
Animals and Hazardous Cargo uplifted beyond free period shall be two times of normal

 

3.62 per kg Rates

02

(i) Storage charges for Import Cargo
not handed over  and remain unchecked after a free period of 24 hours from time per day of arrival of an aircraft

 

(ii) Storage charges for ‘Val’/Haz/
Perishable/Live Animal Import Cargo

 

 

Valuable

Haz. /
Peri/LA

Per Consgn
/AWB

 

 

(per Kg/day) (in Rs)

(per
Kg/day)(in
Rs

 

(in Rs)

4.57

3.00

252

NOTES:

  1. Demurrage  charges  on  Import  Transhipment  cargo  will  be  as  applicable  to Importcargoexceptthatnohandlingchargesshallbeleviedontheairlineshandledby AAIwheretheTPcargohandedovertotheairlinesonairsidedesignatedareaonthe airport
  2. DemurragechargesontranshipmentcargofromDomestictoInternationaland from  International  to  International  shall  be  treated  as  same  as  applicable  for  export cargo, afterallowing the normal free period
  3. The  free  period  for  export  cargo  for  the  carrier  from  the  date  of  entry  in bonded areatill upliftment shall beas per Government Directives.
  4. AllBillspreferredbytheHandlingCompanyshallberoundedofftothenearest Rupee.
  5. Nofreeperiodmaybeallowedonsecondtimehandling/upliftmentofexport cargofrom cargo terminal. Applicable charges (Demurrage/Storage)shallbe levied.
 
Facilities Established by AAI at Air Cargo Complex
  1. Intl. Air Cargo Terminal all regulatory / facilitating agencies under one roof
  2. Exclusive storage processing and examination areas for import, export and TP cargo
  3. Exclusive unaccompanied baggage unit
  4. ETV system having built in ULD weighing facility
  5. Cargo Apron for freighter
  6. X-ray screening
  7. Radioactive material shed
  8. Hazardous Cargo shed
  9. Cold Storage / Walk in Coolers
  10. State of Art Centre for Perishable Cargo
  11. Weigh Scale
  12. CCTV monitoring
  13. Restaurant / canteen
  14. Post Office
  15. bank
  16. Strong room for valuable Cargo
  17. PA system with channel music Vehicle Parking
  18. Photocopier
  19. Bonded Trucking facilities
  20. Exclusive Public waiting lounge
  21. Scissor Lift (for ULD movement)
  22. Automated Storage & Retrieval System
  23. Explosive Trace Detector (ETD)
  24. Facility for self generation of LSBC is available for tracking the status of consignments at Import cargo.
  25. Facility for online generation of TSP in import & export is available.
  26. Pre-Deposit Accounts with AAI is maintained by CHA’s/ Importers / Exporters for payment of AAI’s charges are available in public domain for verification of transactions / available balance by concerned CHA’s / Importers / Exporters.
  27. For emergencies and first medical aid, a well equipped extension of Apollo Hospital is available in Cargo Complex.
  28. Facility for online generation of EDI manifest in import is available on 24 x 7 basis.
  29. State of art facilities i.e. Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) is in place for storage and retrieval of the import cargo.  WMS of ASRS is connected with ICMS for online flow of data

 

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Last updated on : 24th March 2015