Animal exports from Nashik to Sharjah resume after three years

The export of live goats from Nashik Airport to Sharjah, which had been completely halted after the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, has resumed. HALCON, a joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Container Corporation of India (Concor), is engaged in export.

In the last three months, HALCON has exported 4,000 goats directly from Nashik to Sharjah by air freight. Another shipment of 1,000 goats and sheep will leave for Sharjah next week.

Export of live animals started at Nashik Airport in 2016. A total of 12,356 goats and sheep worth Rs 3.5 million were exported from Nashik Air Cargo Complex to Sharjah via eight flights in July and August of the same year. In 2019, HALCON exported 1.5 lakh of goats and sheep to Sharjah on 120 cargo flights. However, due to the Covid outbreak, exports stopped taking place afterwards.

“Now exports have started again after a break of almost three years. We have already exported 4,000 goats and sheep over four cargo flights. This year we have planned a total of 36 air freight flights,” said those responsible at HALCON.

HALCON has constructed an inland container depot (ICD) and an air cargo complex adjacent to the runway of Nashik Airport, around 20 km from the city of Nashik, investing 70 crore rupees in the modernization of the existing infrastructure. The complex was inaugurated on March 15, 2008. But despite the existing facilities, no cargo flight could take off from here for almost eight years. However, Amigo Logistics started unscheduled air cargo flights in July 2016.

The Nashik Airport facility features an air cargo complex, an integrated perishable packing center, cold storage, screening, comprehensive airline ground handling services, CCTV, barcode, labeling and customs connectivity.

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