MUMBAI : June 23, 2022 will be considered as a historic day for the Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders and the entire logistics industry in India for receiving the recognition with awards from the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. India’s First Logistics Excellence Awards were presented on this day in a glittering evening function followed by networking dinner. The Awards were presented by the Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal along with the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Shri Som Parkash Sharma.
The event was also attended by Mr Anurag Jain, Secretary of the DPIIT; Mr Amrit Lal Meena , Special Secretary Logistics; Mr Surendra Ahirwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce; Mr Shankar Shinde, Chairman Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associatios in India (FFFAI); Mr AV Vijayakumar , Immediate Past Chairman, FFFAI; Mr Shantanu Bhadkamkar, Past Chairman FFFAI and several other dignitaries along with the recipients of the Awards.
Addressing the gathering Shri Goyal appreciated the role played by the logistics sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. He said the resilient and efficient supply chains developed by the operators in the logistics sector helped India overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, played key role in accelerating the economic growth of the country post Covid period and supported the growth in trade seen over the last 2 years.
Shri Goyal acknowledged the contributions of Private Sector driving change and innovation in the Logistics.He further added that the focus of Logistics Excellence Awards has been promoting innovative ideas, technology adaptation and skill development, instead of volume of business. Goyal observed that going forward, a separate category of awards should be created for MSMEs in the logistics sector given the role played by them. In addition, contribution of field workers of Customs House Agents and Customs officials will also be honoured to encourage more ethical practices and tradefacilitation.
The Commerce and Industry Minister urged the industry to work with the government to bring down the logistics cost from 12-14% to 7-8% as prevailing in the developed countries. He stated that the Ministry of Commerce is working for finding out the prevailing item wise logistics cost with an objective to bring it down. Shri Goyal emphasized that the expansion of infra spending from Rs. 2.5 lakh crore to Rs. 7.5 lakh crore and PM Gati Shakti will benefit the logistics sector most with investment across roads, highways, ports, airports, multi-modal terminals etc. Shri Goyal said that Gati Shakti will help in efficient planning and implementation, thereby ensuring that last-mile connectivity related issues are not there