High air freight charges bite Telangana mango exporters – The New Indian Express
Express press service
HYDERABAD: Mango exporters are worried as there is no respite in international air freight charges even as India resumed regular international air operations today, after being suspended nearly a year ago two years. High transport costs are hampering business and mango lovers in the Gulf countries are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Telangana’s ‘king of fruits’.
Mango exporters hope that transport costs which have been increased during the pandemic will decrease. Against Rs 55 per kg, transport costs rose to Rs 200 per kg before dropping to Rs 110 per kg, the current rate.
Exporters who mainly rely on mangoes in the summer are worried as the retail price of mangoes will skyrocket with current freight rates. Common varieties like Banganapalle (also known as Benishan) mangoes from Telangana and neighboring states are said to cost 250 rupees or 12.5 Saudi riyals per kg, which is likely to deter the buyer. “A few months ago, the transport costs were close to Rs 200 per kg. Even though it has fallen, it hovers around Rs 110, which is more than double the pre-covid rates,” says Asim Ansari, an exporter of perishables.
According to Asim, the number of mango exporters has already decreased over the past few years. “Depending on the volume, some flights offer competitive prices, but unfortunately not all offer such a service,” he adds. India’s mango exports more than doubled from 20,302 tonnes in 1987-88 to 46,789 tonnes in 2019-20, according to APEDA.