Cargo in­dus­try has a bright fu­ture ahead

Vipin Vohra, Gallery of Leg­ends, India Cargo Awards 2015 and Chair­man & Manag­ing Direc­tor, Con­ti­nen­tal Car­ri­ers dis­cusses the trends and op­por­tu­ni­ties lying ahead for the cargo in­dus­try in a tête-à-tête with CARGOTALK.

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What is your take on the cur­rent sce­nario of In­dian cargo in­dus­try?

With the in­tro­duc­tion of prag­matic and pro­gres­sive poli­cies like the ease of do­ing busi­ness, ‘Make in India’ and the open­ing up of the FDI in var­i­ous sec­tors of the econ­omy, the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor is go­ing to take a quan­tum jump. This is bound to lead to a bet­ter fu­ture for the cargo in­dus­try in India – both in the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional move­ment of goods. What are the re­quire­ments to cope up growth?

The cus­toms depart­ment has al­ready done many sim­pli­fi­ca­tions of several pro­ce­dures and doc­u­men­ta­tion, though a lot needs to be done. The most im­por­tant re­quire­ment for the in­dus­try to cope up with the growth po­ten­tial is op­ti­mi­sa­tion of the doc­u­men­ta­tion to move to­wards pa­per­less trans­ac­tions with a view to min­imise the hu­man in­ter­ven­tion.

In spite of im­prove­ments in the EDI sys­tem, there are still a num­ber of doc­u­ments for both im­port and ex­port trans­ac­tions which are re­quired to be filed man­u­ally and with var­i­ous agen­cies lead­ing to mul­ti­ple ef­fort. This needs to be relooked at so that there is no re­quire­ment for man­ual and mul­ti­ple fil­ing of doc­u­ments and data. Would you like to share your con­tri­bu­tion to your com­pany and the in­dus­try?

The com­pany was started by my fa­ther 60 years back and has kept pace with all the de­vel­op­ments in the trans-bor­der move­ment of goods – both im­ports and ex­ports, achiev­ing several mile­stones and ac­co­lades on the way. I have main­tained the hon­our and to­day the com­pany has re­mained at the top of the lad­der and ex­panded its cus­tomer base as well as world­wide agent’s net­work.

Dur­ing my ten­ure of 41 years with the lo­gis­tics and freight for­ward­ing in­dus­try, I have seen the in­dus­try grown from in­fancy to full ma­tu­rity. I have also been rep­re­sent­ing the lo­gis­tics and freight for­ward­ing in­dus­try in var­i­ous fo­rums and of­fi­cial com­mit­tees and the Cham­bers of Com­merce.

The most im­por­tant re­quire­ment for the in­dus­try to cope up with the growth po­ten­tial is op­ti­mi­sa­tion of the doc­u­men­ta­tion for pa­per­less trans­ac­tions

We are the first in the coun­try to in­tro­duce gar­ments on hangars. We have also been in­volved in several spe­cial as­sign­ments for the govern­ment, in­clud­ing the han­dling of the im­port cargo for the Asian games, in the for­ma­tive stages of the in­dus­try in the coun­try till full-fledged fa­cil­i­ties could be de­vel­oped by the con­cerned agen­cies and au­thor­i­ties.

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