ACAAI con­ven­tion to fo­cus on in­fra­struc­ture

The 41st con­ven­tion will ex­am­ine how some of lega­cies can be dis­pelled and a new cargo vi­sion and ac­tion plan is put in place. Su­nil Arora, Con­ven­tion Chair­man, ACAAI said that fo­cus will be on ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal re­sources and what prob­lems In­dian indu

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ACAAI, the only na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Air­freight For­warders is hold­ing its 41st an­nual con­ven­tion.

The dis­cus­sion will fo­cus on the new and emerg­ing mar­kets. In­dian in­dus­try con­tin­ues to face in­creas­ing pres­sure from transna­tional com­pe­ti­tion in trade and ser­vices. Costs are ris­ing, prices are down, and mar­gins are slim while prof­itabil­ity and cash flows are a chal­lenge.

In the agenda the mem­bers will fo­cus on the ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal re­sources, the re­la­tion­ships and the re­sponses that the for­warder must gain to suc­ceed in his ini­tia­tives for de­liv­er­ing a world-class air­freight prod­uct.

As the dy­nam­ics of the en­vi­ron­ment un­fold, the air­freight for­warder con­tin­ues to strug­gle with old bu­reau­cra­cies, ill-con­ceived new leg­is­la­tions and reg­u­la­tions, the re­place­ment of old gov­ern­ment mo­nop­o­lies by new pri­vate sec­tor ones, and a com­plete lack of both the vi­sion and a struc­tured, in­te­grated ap­proach to cargo – the per­pet­u­ally poor sec­ond cousin of pas­sen­ger han­dling.

The con­ven­tion will ex­am­ine how some of th­ese lega­cies can be dis­pelled, and a new cargo vi­sion and ac­tion plan is put in place.

In dereg­u­lated sec­tors new leg­is­la­tion is be­ing en­acted and new reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties have es­tab­lished. The rel­e­vant ones in­clude the com­pe­ti­tion law, ser­vice tax, the Air­ports Eco­nomic Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity, the gov­ern­ments new Air Cargo Pol­icy and pro­pos­als such as Reg­u­lated Agents that are in­cor­rectly as­sumed to ef­fec­tively en­sure avi­a­tion se­cu­rity.

A spe­cial business ses­sion will be de­voted to ex­am­ine how each of th­ese will help or ham­per greater ef­fec­tive­ness in op­er­at­ing ser­vices that de­liver a world-class air­freight prod­uct. The mem­bers will also fo­cus at­ten­tion on in­fra­struc­ture on spe­cific as­pects that are ba­sic and crit­i­cal – Cus­toms EDI and pro­ce­dures, for­warders’ bonded ter­mi­nals and other air­port in­fra­struc­ture, a master cargo plan for all air­ports, and ra­tio­nalised and stan­dard­ised pro­cesses that es­tab­lish clear ac­count­abil­ity at the right places.The long-awaited im­prove­ments and en­hance­ments in cargo in­fra­struc­ture con­tinue to elude us. Air­ports con­tinue to fo­cus on and invest in pas­sen­ger fa­cil­i­ties ex­tend­ing the thought­less ex­clu­sion of cargo. The role that tech­nol­ogy can play will be dis­cussed in greater de­tail.

Su­nil Arora

Con­ven­tion Chair­man, ACAAI

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