FIATA President and FFFAI Chairman meet in Mumbai to strengthen collaboration and empower the logistics fraternity

Dr. Ivan Petrov, the President of The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) during his visit to India, paid a visit to the Head Quarters of the Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations India (FFFAI) in Mumbai and attended the federation’s Diamond  Jubilee event held on June 9 in New Delhi.

FFFAI Chairman Mr. Shankar Shinde and other Office Bearers along with EC Members &  Board of Advisors deliberated various trade related aspects including government policy matters, infrastructure, IT & digitization, skill development, etc for the benefit of the CB & Freight Forwarding community in India. The two leaders during their meeting emphasised on the long-standing relationship between the two Federations and discussed initiatives for future cooperation pertaining to the members’ benefits.

Dr. Petrov while acknowledging the contribution of FFFAI representatives on FIATA committees,  urged the leadership and members for more participation in the multifarious Committees of FIATA. He said, FIATA is composed of 109 Association Members Over 6,000 Individual Members. Overall representing a multimodal industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms. FIATA advocates for trade facilitation and actively contributes to the functioning of the supply chain through close collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

Moreover, he put under the spotlight the requirement of the individual companies i.e. the industry stakeholders from the International Federation. According to him, there is a need for an awareness programme to highlight the benefits of individual members/companies who are very important components of FIATA.

According to Dr. Petrov, geopolitical challenges have made it impossible in some global regions to rely on one mode of transport. Seamless integration of different transport modes is necessary to provide efficient and sustainable transport solutions. In his opinion, international cooperation, trade agreements and infrastructure development can facilitate connectivity between all transport modes. He further states that the regulatory frameworks, customs procedures and infrastructure gaps currently hinder with the smooth flow of goods.

Presently FIATA works through its Institutes and Advisory Bodies together with the United Nations divisions (UNCTAD, UNCITRAL, UNESCAP, UNECE and more), the WTO, IRU, UIC, ITC, and others, to facilitate trade, build capacity, and standardise processes.

Commending the initiatives of FFFAI training arm Indian Institute of Freight Forwarders (IIFF), FIATA President emphasized on the skill development and role of training institutions.

He also assured FIATA’s support to different wings of  FFFAI, especially women’s wing to expand their horizon internationally.

“FIATA is the voice of small and medium-sized enterprises, and developing countries, it is helping them to access markets by staying on top of advocacy and policy work,” Dr. Petrov asserted.

FFFAI being the National body representing India at FIATA and holds various positions in FIATA Committees to contribute best practices. The FFFAI Chairman Mr. Shankar Shinde felt that the relationship would have to be further strengthened for mutual benefits, interest of the 30 FFFAI Member associations comprising about 6500 members.

Mr. Shankar highlighted the recent initiatives of Indian Customs regarding Trade Facilitation & Ease of Doing Business, especially the digital initiatives and Faceless mechanisms, for the larger interest of the exim trade as well as logistics industry. He also pointed out the recent Government initiatives in terms of building capacity and trade-friendly policies for fast cargo clearance with special mention to PM Gati Shakti Master Plan and National Logistics Policy.

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