The Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) in its 58th Annual General Meeting (AGM) elected new Office Bearers of the Executive Committee for the period 2021-23. Shankar Shinde, the then Chairman-elect for the year 2019-21, has taken over as the new Chairman of the board for the ensuing two years’ tenure. He is also elected Managing Director on IFCBA (International Federation of Custom Brokers Association).
Mr Shinde mentioned that it’s a proud moment for FFFAI to complete its successful 59 years of services to trade and marching towards 60 years Diamond Jubilee celebration. He emphasized the importance and effective role of FFFAI in facilitating the foreign trade of the nation. He unveiled his vision and commitments of FFFAI towards Customs Brokers and their role in the International Supply Chain.
According to Mr Shinde, one of the priorities would be to empower the customs brokers by enhancing skill development, training, increasing their role in Logistics Sector, diversification with forward and backward integration. During the welcome speech, the FFFAI Chairman informed that FFFAI is a great platform for members as the Federation is providing inputs to various Ministries such as the Ministry of Revenue, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Shipping, and Ministry of Civil Aviation. He further envisioned that the logistics sector will play a bigger role in the next few years with the increased industrial and infrastructure activity in the country. Mr Shinde also assured full cooperation to the Government/policymakers in the interest of trade facilitation and ease of doing business to strengthen the country’s economy and achieving the government’s ambitious USD 400 Billion export target.
The FFFAI Chairman also informed that CBIC chairman Ajit Kumar in his message to FFFAI acknowledged the role of FFFAI as an important stakeholder in partnering with CBIC for trade facilitation measures on providing inputs and implementation of policies. He further acknowledged the role of FFFAI and its members during COVID 19 Pandemic to maintain a seamless supply chain of essential commodities in the country.
At the AGM, the members highly appreciated the activities of the Executive Committee under the leadership of A V Vijaykumar as Chairman, FFFAI during the Term 2019-2021. In his address, Mr Vijaykumar expressed gratitude to the Executive Committee as well as all FFFAI members for their efforts and support for sailing through many hurdles and for achieving many successes for the entire Customs Brokers and Logistics Service Providers community, despite huge difficulties due to the catastrophic pandemic situation.
Mr Shinde also pointed out that Customs Brokers will always play an important role in International Supply Chain managements and would work with Customs and CBIC Board providing inputs and solutions on policies, procedures, regulations for seamless movement of EXIM trade for achieving their benchmark in Ease of doing business and LPI (Logistics Performance Index).
He emphasized that FFFAI is a very good platform for networking, as during the Biennial Convention there are huge participation from across India and International Logistics Service Providers. It provides an opportunity to its members for business development, due to the stakeholders’ participation in large numbers.
Mr Shinde appealed to the fraternity to strengthen the FFFAI by participating and subscribing to its membership to avail benefits and support the logistics industry to achieve greater height.
He also stated that FFFAI would help to upskill its members to cope up with the latest changes and technologies for creating an environment of growth. He highlighted that social media is also playing an important role and members need to be active on such platforms for their business growth.