Con­nect­ing freight for­warders

In­dia has thou­sands of in­de­pen­dent freight for­warders who strug­gle with var­i­ous lo­gis­ti­cal and tech­nol­ogy is­sues. But com­pa­nies like WCA and Win are help­ing them over­come th­ese is­sues.

Cargo Talk - - International -

Talk­ing about lo­gis­tics, Dan March, CEO, WCA, finds In­dia an ex­cit­ing mar­ket. Many multi­na­tional com­pa­nies and in­vestors in man­u­fac­tur­ing, hi-tech in­dus­tries and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals are look­ing to the In­dian mar­ket to bring in the next great eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion, as China did. But March lists some ma­jor hur­dles that In­dia will have to cross to get to where China is.

He says, “The po­ten­tial for medium-term growth is in­cred­i­ble as China be­gins to slow down. How­ever, the growth in In­dia is a lit­tle slow this year. But I think this is tem­po­rary and will re­sume to a healthy level from 2017-18. In­dia’s growth could eas­ily be in dou­ble dig­its if the in­fras­truc­ture could be im­proved. But it’s not go­ing to hap­pen overnight.”

He adds that there are also some tech­ni­cal is­sues and some tax is­sues that are slowly be­ing ad­dressed such as the GST. “Our mem­bers are op­ti­mistic that In­dia’s cur­rent po­lit­i­cal leader is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion and is pro­gres­sive on some of th­ese is­sues and re­leas­ing some of the bar­ri­ers to trade in terms of tax­a­tion and cus­toms and charges,” March says.

WCA has a net­work of 6,000 freight for­warder mem­ber of­fices around the world, of which about 600 are in In­dia alone. The com­pany tries to bring th­ese mem­bers to­gether to dis­cuss is­sues, net­work with each other, ex­pand their busi­ness, bring new busi­ness to In­dia and abroad. It has an of­fice in Mum­bai with a staff of 25.

“We have a re­la­tion­ship with the Freight For­warders As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia that has di­rect in­roads into the govern­ment. We also give our in­puts to the air­ports that are par­tially and some­times fully govern­ment owned. Un­for­tu­nately, we don’t have any di­rect con­tact with any min­istry,” March adds.

WCA has a net­work of 6,000 freight for­warder mem­ber of­fices around the world, of which about 600 are in In­dia alone. The com­pany tries to bring th­ese mem­bers to­gether to dis­cuss is­sues

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