Monday, November 7, 2011

European Cargo Group Open New Freight Operations in India

GSSA Spreads its Wings Across Asia
Shipping News Feature

INDIA – In September we told how the ECS Group, which claims to be the world’s largest GSSA, had welcomed the development of new routes by their partners at Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), including a freight service to Delhi and now the European cargo service company has reinforced their determination to develop stronger ties with the sub continental market by opening its first offices in India. The company plans to extend its range beyond the existing forty seven locations spread through thirty countries which it currently operates from.

The air cargo general sales and service agency tells us the new Mumbai and Delhi locations are fully operational with plans in place to develop further outstations in the country as its business grows. The South Asia market represents some 5% of the global air cargo market in tonnage terms and India represents its most thriving market. Air Cargo business in India has overtaken ocean freight and rail freight in terms of growth, increasing by nearly 19% in the last three years as against 10.3% growth registered by ocean freight and 9.2% by rail.

The company’s launch customers include airlines with global GSSA agreements with ECS, including Ukraine International Airlines, Brussels Airlines, and Camair and ECS Group has appointed Rajendra Dubey as Country Manager, India. To oversee the Group’s development in India, Mark Pulling has taken on the additional role of Regional Director, Middle East and Indian Sub-continent and he commented:

“India is a thriving and dynamic market. It has a huge population and consumer base and a highly skilled workforce. It is also a strong player in the hi-tech and pharmaceutical industries that produce prime air cargo traffic. We are making this investment in India partly in response to the requirements of our existing airline customer base and also because of the rapid expansion that is being projected for the market.

“India's air cargo industry is expected to double its growth in the current fiscal year on the back of increased demand and trade momentum. We expect to gain a strong market share for the airlines we represent and to also gain new contracts from carriers that already work with us in other markets. Most airlines that don’t already fly to India want to do so due to its booming economy and we see great potential for a global GSSA in the market that combines local expertise with a proven worldwide capability and infrastructure.”

ECS recently opened at sites in Hong Kong and Singapore and plans new developments in China, Brazil, Argentina and West and Central Africa within the next twelve months.