Local terminal operator dnata imposes embargo on imports in Dubai due to cargo backlog, affecting Indian and foreign airlines.
Air cargo movement to Dubai faces disruption as dnata, a local terminal operator, enforces a 48-hour embargo on imports. The restriction, effective from Monday midnight, is attributed to a substantial cargo backlog at dnata’s terminal in Dubai. While Emirates remains unaffected operating from a different terminal, Indian and other foreign airlines will bear the brunt of the embargo.
Dubai Airport’s Operations Control Centre notified airlines of the temporary embargo, citing a surge in cargo volume and the need for system cutover recovery. dnata, providing ground handling, cargo, catering, and travel services, is a part of the Emirates group.
The embargo aims to expedite recovery by allowing the team time to clear the existing backlog and restore normal operations. Dubai, a major destination from India for passenger traffic, witnesses the impact on top cargo operators like Emirates and Air India, both vital for perishable and general cargo exports from India.
In recent months, dnata recorded a 45 percent year-over-year increase, processing over 76,000 tonnes of cargo in January at the two Dubai airports. The surge is attributed to growing demand for cargo transportation, especially in import general cargo such as fast-moving consumer goods, electronics, and fashion accessories. The geopolitical landscape changes further contribute to heightened demand for dnata’s services.
Affected Indian airlines, flying Boeing 737 or A320 type aircraft, have halted shipments to Dubai temporarily. The industry scrambles to clear booked consignments before the embargo deadline, highlighting the significance of the cargo route between India and Dubai.