Airports Authority of India (AAI) is responsible for creation development and management of Air Cargo Terminals for processing of international air cargo (export, import , transshipment and courier consignment) at international and domestic airports in India. The Air cargo Terminals managed by AAI are at Chennai, Kolkata , Guwahati, Lucknow, Coimbatore, Portblair, Jaipur, Mangalore, Amritsar and Trichy Airports.

Role of AAI at Cargo Terminals :-

AAI acts as custodian of import cargo under section 45 of Customs Act 1962. The terminals are developed as a Common User facility to avoid duplication. All agencies such as Customs, Airlines, Agents and regulatory and facilitating agencies under one roof.

At Chennai Airport, AAI is providing complete airlines handling functions to the airlines through SGHA appointed by AAI.

Working Hours:-

On Normal Working days : 1000 Hrs. - 2200 Hrs.
On Holidays : 1000 Hrs. - 1700 Hrs.

Import Cargo Operation

S.No Activity Prevailing Business Hrs
1 Generation of location slip 1000-1800 hrs
2 Issuance of Bank challan 1000-1900 hrs
3 Issuance of gate pass 1000-2000 hrs
4 Physical Delivery 1000-2200 hrs

Export Cargo Operation

S.No Business hours proposed by MOC & I
1 1000-2200 hrs ( Chennai Customs notified 24x7 working for all Export Commodities w.e.f. 01.06.2013 vide Facility Circular No. 08/2013 dated 19.7.2013