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The southern Indian airport of Chennai had started to become popular with manufacturers – Hyundai, Ford and Nissan are all present in the region, as are Nokia, Dell, IBM and HP. But this year, numerous strikes from handling agents, lack of sufficient numbers of Customs officials and ‘go-slows’ have resulted in a heavily congested airport. Shippers are wondering why they bothered to air freight their goods at all, when imports can take seven days to get cleared. A mess.

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