Air Cargo Forum India (ACFI) Annual Conclave highlighted the need for India to build and improve its current infrastructure, connect Indian airports to shippers through modern highways and local connectivity, integrate different modes of transport, adopt innovative technologies, simplify regulations and invest in skill development. ACFI has worked on various aspects to stimulate demand for air cargo and positioned various points that would be key for its growth. ACFI also hopes to continue its efforts to accelerate the pace of change and position India's logistics landscape as a global leader in the air cargo industry, says Yashpal Sharma, President ACFI and MD Skyways Group.
Sharma emphasized that the Air Cargo has the power to galvanize businesses across globe and prompted the shippers to put Air Cargo at the fore front of their transportation needs.
The theme for ACFI 2023 was "Cargo Udaan- Connecting and Empowering Indian Skies,” with a focus on leveraging innovative technologies, integrating processes, adopting global best practices and preparing for the expected increase in demand for air cargo in the post-COVID world. The conclave, held on 3rd May 2023, covered three business sessions that highlighted the various possibilities, opportunities, challenges and action items for the Indian skies to reach 10 million tons by 2030-31. The sessions emphasized on key topics - "AIR CARGO - The Business Galvanizer," "INTERNATIONAL AIR CARGO - Opportunities and Challenges," and "DOMESTIC AIR CARGO - Leveraging the Potential of Indian Domestic Cargo."
The event brought together the entire Governing Board of ACFI, Past Presidents of the forum, alongside various stakeholders in the air cargo logistics and supply chain trade, including senior Govt. dignitaries, airlines, airport operators, cargo terminal operators, freight forwarders, sales agents, other trade associations and express industry professionals.
‘’The conclave brought together some of the best minds in the Indian air cargo industry and addressed the most critical challenges and opportunities in the market. ACFI as a forum aims to work on the strengths of the air freight industry, managing the nuances of international air cargo and leveraging the potential of domestic air cargo,’’ commented Satish Lakkaraju, Chairman, ACFI Event Management Task Pillar and Global Head of Air Freight, WIZ Freight.
The event was graced by the presence of senior government officials as Guests of Honour, including Jivisha Joshi, Deputy Secretary – DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry), Divya Satija, senior leader – DPIIT Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry) and Piyush Srivastava - Senior Economic Advisor (Ministry of Commerce and Industry).