To boost the economic development of the Kashmir Valley, the Union Government has notified Srinagar Airport as a gatekeeper for the import and export of goods.

The Commissioner of Customs issued this notification and this initiative would improve the business environment and lead to a quantum leap in the economic development of catchment areas.

“Our airport has been notified as a gatekeeper for the import and export of goods by the Commissioner of Customs. Now our facilities can be used by airlines to start cargo flights. Passenger flights can also taking cargo in belly,” Srinagar-based officers of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) tweeted.

International express courier shipments would take off at Srinagar International Airport after the issuance of this notification. The Government of India has notified Srinagar International Airport as the gatekeeper for the import and export of goods from overseas at the cargo terminal at the airport.

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Displacement likely to stimulate the export of local products

The move is expected to give a huge boost to exports of horticulture, handicrafts and other products from Kashmir.

Quoting Srinagar Airport Manager Kuldeep Singh, a news agency reported: “With this clearance and notification from the Government of India, we can now offer our services to the business community for import and export of goods directly from Srinagar”.

“The notification was issued on March 10th and it will be a golden letter date in the history of Srinagar Airport, for on that day the Government of India, acting through the Commissioner for customs, notified it as a bailee for the import and export of goods from overseas at the cargo terminal,” he said.

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Airlines can operate exclusive cargo flights. They can also carry cargo on their international passenger flights. AAI has invited all airlines to make full use of this facility and commence cargo operations from Srinagar Airport.

The J&K government has already signed a memorandum of understanding with GoAir for the transport of agricultural products

The government of Jammu and Kashmir has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Mumbai-based private airliner, GoAir, to transport perishable horticulture and agricultural products to various destinations across the country.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Horticulture and GoAir was signed in the presence of the Principal Secretary of the Departments of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare and Horticulture, Navin Kumar Choudhary in June 2021.

This decision has enabled fruit growers in Jammu and Kashmir to increase their income and boost the rural economy. This step solved transportation problems for horticultural products, especially highly perishable items like cherry, plum, apricots, etc.

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