I New FIATA VP from In­dia to fo­cus on col­lab­o­ra­tion and recog­ni­tion

Ke­shav Tanna, a pro­fes­sion­ally-qual­i­fied lo­gis­tics in­dus­try prac­ti­tioner and an ex­pert with over two decades of ex­per­tise in the air freight for­ward­ing in­dus­try, has re­cently been elected as the Vice-Pres­i­dent, In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Freight For­warde

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cT: what is the sig­nif­i­cance of your elec­tion as vice-pres­i­dent of fiaTa for the de­vel­op­ment of air-cargo and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try in in­dia?

Tanna: In­dia has had rep­re­sen­ta­tions in the past in FIATA and as such, it would not en­tirely be cor­rect to as­sume In­dia’s im­por­tance in the lo­gis­tics field only as of now. In­dia has been a ma­jor player in the en­tire lo­gis­tics in­dus­try. As a mat­ter of fact, the Asia-Pa­cific Re­gion is a ma­jor driver of global air cargo, and we con­sti­tute a sub­stan­tial share in this mar­ket. In­dia, with its sheer num­bers, has al­ways con­trib­uted healthily to this growth; how­ever the last cou­ple of years have been a bit slow. Hope­fully, things will pick up soon.

cT: what are the ma­jor chal­lenges fac­ing the freight-for­warders in in­dia?

Tanna: Presently, we are fac­ing chal­lenges, per­haps be­cause of in­con­sis­ten­cies in Gov­ern­ment poli­cies, a very volatile ex­change rate sit­u­a­tion in ad­di­tion to one of the most glar­ing chal­lenges which we have had to bat­tle with for years – in­ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture.

cT: as the new vice-pres­i­dent of fiaTa from this re­gion, what will be your fo­cus ar­eas?

Tanna: Be­sides the lo­cal is­sues like in­ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture, ser­vice tax and TDS is­sues, we also need ex­po­sure at the in­ter­na­tional level to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively with the air­lines and IATA, thereby en­sur­ing that we have the same plat­form the in­ter­na­tional for­warder has. A level play­ing field is what we need to achieve for the In­dian air-cargo agents, thereby mak­ing them as com­pet­i­tive or per­haps even bet­ter than any other in­ter­na­tional for­warder. This is where FIATA can play the role of a cat­a­lyst for us.

cT: what will be the ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grammes of fiaTa for in­dia?

Tanna: FIATA is not only about air cargo. It also ad­dresses is­sues re­lated to World Cus­toms Or­gan­i­sa­tion, World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion, In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­ter­na­tional Union of Rail­ways, Vo­ca­tional Train­ing, Se­cu­rity and Le­gal is­sues. As a vi­sion – it would be nice to per­haps host one of the FIATA Congress’ in In­dia in the near fu­ture.

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