FFFAI Bengaluru EC meeting deliberates on customs related initiatives and business opportunities for the fraternity

The Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) held its 6th EC Meeting for the term 2021-23 on May 27 and 28 in Bengaluru.

The meeting was attended by the Office Bearers and 28 Member Association representative of FFFAI from across the country, there were many issues discussed and updates provided concerning customs, CBLR, EDI, Service Tax/GST, logistics, air cargo, sea cargo, skill development,importance of social media which FFFAI has expanded recently, technology developments, etc.

The special focus of the 6th EC meeting was the updates on forthcoming 24th Biennial Convention of FFFAI to be held from August 12 to 14, 2022 in Chennai with the theme LOGISTICS RESHAPE, EMBRACE AND SURGE IN THE DIGITAL ERA.

At this EC meeting, FFFAI also implemented Digital Learning platform for members and next generation for e-learning.

It has been decided that FFFAI would initiate FIATA eFBL here in India to benefit the trade, which empowers customs brokers, freight forwarders and logistics service providers. In addition, updates on the recently held FIATA HQ Meet was also provided by the concerned members of FFFAI.

FFFAI members present at this EC meeting stressed upon enhancing productivity on ICEGATE for trade facilitation and Ease of Doing Business.

The FFFAI members also urged for creating a dedicated portal for LSP integration.

As regard to skill development initiatives, IIFF’s (training arm of FFFAI) past and forthcoming training programmes (both online and classroom/physical) for the entire logistics industry were presented at the EC meeting. In addition, FFFAI’s various initiatives on capacity building through technology/IT also discussed withadequate importance.

Recent activities of FFFAI Women’s Wing including organising interactive meetings with Government of India officials and industry experts were highlighted at this meeting which drew huge appreciation from the members. The members committed to expand the activities of the Women’s Wing in all the 28 member association locations to empower/encourage the women logistics practitioners.

At this EC meeting FFFAI has signed an MoU with the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) with an objective of skilling the aspiring candidates looking for opportunities in the logistics sector.

Notably, a special session was organised at this 6th EC Meeting where N Sivasailam, former Special Secretary (Logistics), Ministry of Commerce, Government of India was present to address the FFFAI members and highlight the recent initiatives of the government in strengthening the logistics infrastructure, thereby leading in increase of international trade through multimodal connectivity and faster cargo clearance.

He projected the ambitious growth potential of the logistics industry in India with a strong collaboration between government and industry people.

Also speaking on the occasion was Bani Bhattacharya, IRS, who interacted with members of FFFAI on various initiatives of CBIC for the trade facilitation without human intervention.

FFFAI Chairman Shankar Shinde thanked all the 28 associations for their support and appreciated the contribution of CBIC/DG systems trade facilitation measures.

FFFAI Member Associations are:

1. Ahmedabad Custom Brokers’ Association
2. Aurangabad Customs House Agents Association
3. Association of Custom House Agents Thiruvanthapuram
4. Bangalore Custom House Agents Association
5. Brihnamumbai Custom Brokers Association
6. Calcutta Customs House Agents Association
7. Chennai Customs House Agents Association
8. Cochin Customs Brokers’ Association
9. Coimbatore Customs House and Steamer Agents Association
10. Custom Brokers Association Hyderabad
11. Delhi Customs Brokers Association
12. Goa Custom Brokers Association
13.Indore Customs House Agents Association
14. The Kakinada Customs Brokers Association
15. Kandla Custom Brokers Association
16. Kanpur Customs Brokers Association
17. Ludhiana Customs House Agents Association
18. Mangalore Customs House Agents Association
19. Mundra Customs Brokers Association
20. Nagpur Customs House Agents Association
21. Nashik Customs House Agents Association
22. Nadia Custom Brokers Association
23. Pipavav Custom Brokers Association
24. Pune Customs House Agents Association
25. Rajasthan Customs House Agents Association
26.Tuticorin Custom Brokers Association
27.Visakhapatnam Cusotms Brokers’ Association
28.West Bengal Custom House Agents Society

FFFAI welcomes Women in Logistics/Youth in Logistics to participate on FFFAI forums and also invites membership application form logistics service providers in industry as this is a big national and international forum to network.

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