CHENNAI : The Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) has concluded its 24th Biennial Convention on a high note with motivational valedictory address by Chief Guest of the Valedictory Session Shri Shripad Y Naik, Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Minister of Tourism, Govt of India. Recognising FFFAI as one of the most effective industry organisations which has been connected with the minister for about two decades, he reiterated full support to the Customs Brokers fraternity, Freight Forwarding and logistics industry causes to address and resolve, as he did it in the past pertaining to issues on registration of CBLR.
Acknowledging the tremendous contributions of FFFAI and logistics industry to the national economy as the key factors in moving cargo internationally, especially during difficult times like pandemic, he stated that the Prime Mister’s vision of being $5trillion economy by 2025 would not be possible without support from this industry. Moreover, for a successful implementation of PM Gati Shakti Master Plan the country would be requiring valuable services of the entire logistics industry.
The Minister is the Member of Parliament from North Goa constituency and comes from a family associated with shipping business. “I am proud to know that Goa custom house Agents Association was the founder member of this FFFAI and Shri Krishna Kamat Mhamai, being the first Honorary Secretary of this federation. I am also glad to know that the first convention of this Federation was held in Goa and that late Shri. Dayanand Balakrishna Bandodkar, First Chief Minister of Goa was the Chief guest of the Convention,” he said.
He also observed that with a glorious past of 60 years FFFAI organised its 24th Biennial convention which coincided with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrating the completion of 75th year of independence of INDIA. Now FFFAI has become a force to reckon with providing yeomen of services to trade, industry and government.
The Minister highlighted FFFAI’s several notable contributions in the past in national and international customs clearance and logistics scenario and partnering with Government of India for various initiatives for timely clearance of import and export cargo at airports, sea ports, ICD, Lands customs etc.
According to him, most notable contributions of FFFAI have been spearheading International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) project in association with the Government of India; support to rolling out of Customs single window procedure; E-delivery order for shipping line and airline; Helping CBIC and DGFT to create digital working environment; Direct Port Delivery; Helping trade and industry to achieve export target of USD 400 Billion; Interaction with World Bank for achieving improvement in index of ease of doing business and working actively with Government of India for operationalization of Chabahar Port.
“Besides above, one of the most crucial roles played by FFFAI members, i.e. Customs Brokers, was during the Covid pandemic. Risking their lives, they operated like soldiers on war frontiers and ensured timely clearance of export and import consignment thus helping nation to maintain critical supply chain of goods and essential commodities, lifesaving medicines, etc,” Mr Naik highlighted.