ACAAI 2014: Bet­ter To­gether

The re­cently con­cluded 41st ACAAI Con­ven­tion 2014 in Shang­hai wit­nessed a huge suc­cess. CARGOTALK speaks to few peo­ple after the event.

Cargo Talk - - Report -

The ACAAI Con­ven­tion is al­ways a great place to meet in­dus­try col­leagues. I would like to sug­gest that the ses­sions should be limited to two speak­ers only with more in­ter­ac­tion in plenum. Ben­e­fits and ef­fect of GST (if im­ple­mented), how cus­toms au­thor­i­ties can ease the move­ment of bonded goods, fo­cus on elec­tronic way of do­ing biz with au­thor­i­ties are few top­ics I would like to see next year.

Shankar Iyer Head of Cargo - South East Asia & Mid­dle East,

Swiss WorldCargo The most I liked about the Con­ven­tion was the top­ics se­lected for the dis­cus­sion. The is­sues were rel­e­vant and of high im­por­tance look­ing at the bot­tle­necks of the in­dus­try; would like to see dis­cus­sion on Value Added Ser­vice (VAS) next year. It would be great if ACAAI can mange speak­ers from the rel­e­vant min­istries also on the dais.

Shailen­der Anand

Part­ner & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor – In­dia, Pronk Mul­tiser­vices De­spite sev­eral lo­gis­ti­cal con­straints, the Con­ven­tion was a great suc­cess. The three ses­sions specif­i­cally global fac­tors in­flu­enc­ing air lo­gis­tics and the air­freight in­dus­try – A New Par­a­digm and Air­freight – New Di­rec­tion, Higher Ob­jec­tives, Smarter So­lu­tion, were found to be ex­tremely in­for­ma­tive and knowl­edge­able.

Su­nil Kohli

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Rahat Cargo With fo­cus on cur­rent chang­ing sce­nario of lo­gis­tics, ACAAI Con­ven­tion was won­der­ful. I feel that Cus­toms au­thor­i­ties should also at­tend th­ese types of con­ven­tions as they are also as­so­ci­ated to many chan­nels of our seg­ment. ACAAI should also cover top­ics like fo­cus on train­ings, work ex­po­sure and ethics, in­ter­na­tional work stan­dards etc.

Farid Ma­lik

Se­nior Man­ager, World Con­nect The net­work­ing ses­sions and most of the pre­sen­ta­tion were re­ally good. But there is a need to im­prove the con­tent and ask the speak­ers to spend more time on in­no­va­tion, rather than dis­cussing the same old top­ics. Lo­gis­tics in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and ap­pli­ca­tion of emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies such as RFID are the few top­ics I would like to see next year.

Ramesh Mami­dala

CEO, Celebi Delhi Cargo Ter­mi­nal Man­age­ment In­dia All the mem­bers have worked re­ally hard to put up such a good con­ven­tion and the ef­forts should be ap­pre­ci­ated. ACAAI could fo­cus on top­ics like ‘Go­ing Pa­per­less’ and ‘De­vel­op­ing Cargo Vil­lages’ across the coun­try. The freight city has al­ways been eluded for some rea­son or the other, there is a need to de­velop cargo vil­lages across the coun­try.

Cyrus Kat­gara

Part­ner, Jeena & Company The Con­ven­tion is re­ally good from knowl­edge per­spec­tive. The de­lib­er­a­tions and dis­cus­sions were of high qual­ity and each mem­ber was en­gaged in panel dis­cus­sions. Speak­ers at the Con­ven­tion were ex­pert and rel­e­vant. Some rep­re­sen­ta­tions from GoI for Cus­toms depart­ment would have added ben­e­fit for the Con­ven­tion and the whole fra­ter­nity as well.

PC Sharma

CEO, TCIXPS ACAAI Con­ven­tion led to know so many things hap­pen­ing in In­dia for our shipping in­dus­try. The Con­ven­tion had good speak­ers who mo­ti­vated us about how we can grow our business in­de­pen­dently. Th­ese three days have helped us to re­view our whole year ef­forts and how we can go fur­ther with en­thu­si­asm.

Sushant Khosla Di­rec­tor, Vik­sun Car­ri­ers

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