The 7th Air Cargo India trade exhibition and conference was inaugurated yesterday by Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation economic advisor Vandana Agarwal, who was the guest of honour.
Soon after the launch, she visited the Saudia Cargo stand, which displayed an unique thematic design focused on ‘Fly Perishables & Fly Pharma’ which drew the attention of her and other delegates.
She emphasised on the strong relations and growing trade between India and Saudi Arabia and conveyed her thanks to Saudia Cargo’s efforts in facilitating business with India. Major Indian exports include fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, basmati rice, textiles and machinery, while it imports organic and inorganic chemicals, metal scrap, leather, gold and oil from Saudi Arabia.
With India one of the fastest growing cargo and aviation markets in the world and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s major bilateral economic partner, Saudia Cargo is upbeat over the three-day exhibition Air Cargo India 2018.
Saudi Arabia is the fourth largest market in the world for Indian exports after China, US and the UAE. Its major exports include food products, electronics, machineries and raw materials. The Kingdom, likewise, accounts for India’s major imports, primarily oil, metal products and precious stones.
Bilateral trade between the two countries was valued at $25 billion in 2016-17. At the event, Saudia Cargo showcased its capabilities and expertise in handling general and special cargo, among other specialized freight services, in keeping up with the event’s “fly perishables & fly pharma” theme for the booth.
Saudia Cargo executive director commercial Rainer Muller underscored the event’s importance in connecting with the global cargo industry and share insights on many issues and challenges that affect the sector.
“Air Cargo India 2018 will give us the opportunity to connect with our peers, share experiences with each other and discuss at length possible solutions for the challenges that we face as well as finding solutions for the complexity and the dynamics of the Indian market,” says Muller. “Technology is changing the way we think, work and do business. Through forums such as this, we identify, discuss and update our skills and find solutions for common problems.”