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.
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.