Delhi International Airport (DIAL) in India has introduced an e-gate pass facility at its cargo terminal in a bid to make the cargo handling process hassle-free and to ensure social distancing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This paperless, QR-coded arrangement is expected to help speed up the delivery of goods while saving resources.

It requires airlines, consolidators or freight forwarders to upload a scanned copy of the Master Airway Bill or House Airway Bill in the custodian system.

The customs broker agent will then submit the request for an e-gate pass. After verification by the cargo terminal operator, a QR code will be generated.

A DIAL spokesperson has been quoted by The New Indian Express as saying: “The move has been highly appreciated by the customs and other stakeholders.

“Earlier, the cargo clearing agents had to go through various documentation procedures and had to stand in queues at designated counters at the cargo terminal for issuance of gate pass.”

According to the report, the airport is implementing the new facility in association with its cargo terminal operators.

The e-gate pass facility is currently open to all stakeholders as an optional service. It will be made mandatory from 15 July.

Delhi Airport reportedly has two integrated cargo terminals with capacity to handle over 1.8 million tonnes of cargo annually.

The airport also has a trans-shipment excellence centre at the airside and 12 dedicated freighter parking bays to help in the smooth and efficient movement of cargo.