STAT Trade Times March 2014

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The highlight of the March-April issue of Indian Transport and Logistics News (ITLN) is the state of India’s trucking industry and the road infrastructure. The cover story evaluates the challenges and opportunities in India’s trucking industry. With the second largest road network in the world (48.65 lakh kms as on March 31, 2012, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways) it is expected that there is huge potential for every stake holder in the trucking industry. However, the challenges are far too many because national highways constitute only about two percent of the total road network. Besides addressing the specific constraints of the trucking industry, like constantly fluctuating fuel cost that impact their operating cost, there has to be better and more extensive highway network.

In an exclusive interview with ITLN, Nabil Sultan of Emirates SkyCargo shares his thoughts about the airline’s plans for different metros for India and how it is creating specific solutions to address requirements of both global and Indian clients. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is increasing its focus on India’s pharmaceutical industry because, according to senior vice president Enno Osinga, pharma export from India is a significant traffic generator for the airport. In our special feature, we cover the container rail terminals of India, which according to Jasleen Kaur, is seeing flat growth in volume largely because of the slowdown of the economy. But with private participation, investment in technology and greater government intervention rail freight operators are optimistic about volumes picking up in the coming year.

Read about how SSI Schaefer-India is improving warehousing in India through automation and innovative technology solutions. Srinath Manda of Frost & Sullivan’s transportation and logistics practice argues in his column that government support will drive growth in India’s temperature controlled logistics market.

And, finally do not miss the review of the fifth edition of the popular Air Cargo India event that took place in Mumbai in February. Also check out our reports about some of the important events that took place in the last two months in India’s transportation and logistics industry.

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