BCHAA for em­pow­er­ment

Ashish Ped­nekar, Pres­i­dent, BCHAA and Dushyant Mu­lani, Hon­orary Sec­re­tary, BCHAA, on the side­lines of CBEC spoke to CARGOTALK on ed­u­cat­ing mem­bers through knowl­edge ses­sions.

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How im­por­tant is ed­u­cat­ing the trade?

Ashish Ped­nekar: We want our mem­bers to get in­dus­try up­dates promptly to help them in their dayto-day busi­ness. The ses­sion was well-at­tended by 250-odd mem­bers and a lot of ques­tions were posed to the CBEC Com­mis­sioner and the Chair­man of New India As­sur­ance. How did this reg­u­la­tory change come about?

Dushyant Mu­lani: A lot of rep­re­sen­ta­tion had gone from the as­so­ci­a­tion to ad­dress the mat­ter di­rectly with the CBEC Com­mis­sioner. We re­ceived this cir­cu­lar within six months of the dis­cus­sion. These are all teething trou­bles be­cause any change is go­ing to be viewed dif­fer­ently by grass­root of­fi­cers and the trade. What are the changes an­nounced in the cir­cu­lar?

Dushyant Mu­lani: The CBEC has em­pow­ered us with these cir­cu­lars. Sim­pli­fi­ca­tion has hap­pened for bond­ing of cargo. Phys­i­cal es­cort­ing of cargo, tak­ing the dif­fer­ent tran­sit in­sur­ance poli­cies have been done away with. For Spe­cial Val­u­a­tion Branch (SVB) also, there are a lot of im­prove­ments made where there’s no need for re­newal any­more.

Ear­lier, it had to be done ev­ery three years. The duty de­posit which had to be paid has been also knocked off. And most im­por­tantly, time­lines have been given. The SVB process is for re­lated party, mainly multi-na­tion­als. Will there be more such sim­i­lar ses­sions?

Ashish Ped­nekar: This is a con­tin­u­ous process – we will soon ad­dress a cou­ple of other im­por­tant

In the 4th An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of Air Cargo Fo­rum India (ACFI), the as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers elected ACFI’s gov­ern­ing board mem­bers for 2016-18. ACFI is com­mit­ted to de­velop the air cargo in­dus­try by en­gag­ing it­self proac­tively with govern­ment and other reg­u­la­tory agen­cies for sim­pli­fy­ing and stream­lin­ing pro­ce­dures and en­hanc­ing the level of ease of do­ing busi­ness in India. Tushar K Jani, Chair­man, Cargo Ser­vice is­sues like law and or­der and ease of do­ing busi­ness. We are also will­ing at con­duct­ing a joint event with the ports and the cus­toms depart­ment. Custom broking will be­come an im­por­tant link in the en­tire sup­ply chain and we would like to ed­u­cate our mem­bers so that they have an edge. We have about 2,000 mem­bers right now. What other top­ics will you be touch­ing on?

We want to pro­vide le­gal as­sis­tance to mem­bers fac­ing is­sues re­gard­ing com­pli­ances. Not only that, we are avail­able to help them up­scale their busi­ness. We will take up ma­jor is­sues in the next Cen­ter is the Pres­i­dent, Cyrus Kat­gara, Part­ner, Jeena & Com­pany as Vice Pres­i­dent, Yash­pal Sharma, Direc­tor, Sky­ways Air Ser­vices as Hon. Sec­re­tary and Ramesh Mami­dala, CEO, Celebi Delhi Cargo Ter­mi­nal Man­age­ment India as Hon. Trea­surer. Fol­low­ing are the mem­bers of the board: • Neera Rawat, ED Cargo, Air­ports Author­ity of India (AAI) cou­ple of months. The as­so­ci­a­tion is talk­ing di­rectly with the In­dus­tries Minister of Ma­ha­rash­tra, Sub­hash De­sai, re­gard­ing in­fra­struc­ture is­sues at JNPT. An­other is­sue is re­gard­ing the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion and we are talk­ing to the Minister of Home of Ma­ha­rash­tra di­rectly. We are also work­ing out a process for debt re­cov­ery for our mem­bers.

This is a con­tin­u­ous process – we will soon ad­dress a cou­ple of other im­por­tant is­sues like law and or­der and ease of do­ing busi­ness We want to pro­vide le­gal as­sis­tance to mem­bers who are fac­ing is­sues re­gard­ing com­pli­ances. We are also avail­able to help them up­scale their busi­ness

We are also try­ing to do some­thing for fam­ily mem­bers of our staff. In­sur­ance has been ex­tended to the staff as well as to their fam­ily mem­bers. We want to im­prove the ground re­al­i­ties for our staff, be it trans­porta­tion, lo­gis­tics, law and or­der, etc. • • • • Ab­hay Pathak, ED Cargo, Air India (AI) Vipin Ku­mar Mohla, Direc­tor Cargo Sales & Op­er­a­tion, In­ter­Globe Avi­a­tion R.S. Subramanian, Sr Vice Pres­i­dent and Manag­ing Direc­tor, DHL Express Arun Ku­mar, Manag­ing Direc­tor, En­syn­ergy Sup­ply Chain So­lu­tion

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