On February 10 and 11, 2023, the Ahmedabad Customs Brokers Association team hosted the 12th Executive Committee (EC) Meeting of the Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations in India (FFFAI).
The Federation’s office bearers and representatives from 30 member associations from across the country attended the EC Meeting.The FFFAI Members discussed a range of business-related topics at this 12th EC Meeting, including customs, taxes, CBLR, EDI, ports and shipping, coastal and inland waterways, ICDS, and airports. The FFFAI’s plans for skill development and training, a women’s wing, and a youth wing were also discussed during the EC meeting. The majority of policy proposals under ease of doing business, infrastructure development, and digital transactions highlighted customs trade facilitation initiatives.
Also, the FFFAI-IIFF (Indian Institute of Freight Forwarders) shall lead activities in the logistics sector for training and development, including FIATA Diploma courses and an introduction to e-learning. FFFAI felicitated the member associations and members for their efforts.
Samir J. Shah, advisor at FFFAI, also gave a presentation on “Business Continuity Planning” that focused on best practices and standards for the benefit of the members and highlighted how to handle issues in the future.
The World Customs Organisation’s (WCO) 2023 topic for International Customs Day, “Nurturing the Next Generation: Promoting a Culture of Knowledge-Sharing and Professional Pride in Customs,” was highlighted by Shankar Shinde, Chairman, FFFAI. The IFCBA, a group of international customs practitioners and specialists, is particularly interested in this topic.
In order to help the trade members and professionalize the logistics industry, Shinde remarked, “FFFAI will be delighted to push this further.” He added that the trade will benefit from the suggestions offered to the Ministries, Government departments, and stakeholders in terms of lowering costs and dwell times.