High air cargo prices make Indian perishables uncompetitive in world market: ExportersLogYcode
Green chillies is an important Agri commodity that India exports to the world, mostly manufactured in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, West Bengal and Maharashtra. And the Indian green chillies dominate the European market with the bulk going to the UK, Italy and France. Yet it is no longer the case, as Pakistan started exporting the same chillies with a low price of 40 percent a few days ago.
Riday Kirit Bhuptani, Chief Operating Officer, Ashvina Trading said “Green chilies are in high demand in European countries and we are offering them for €20 per 6 kg gross weight pack. Pakistan now has just 12 euros a crate, only because of the freight rates.
Exporters blame the increasingly growing air freight rate as it accounts for more than 40 percent of the total cost and calls for action from the government. Air cargo prices for transporting perishables from India to European destination have increased from 80 rupees per kg to 250 rupees per kg almost 200 per cent.