FFFAI to MOCA on reduction in ‘free’ dwell time
In view of the ongoing initiatives from the Government of India showing keenness to reduce free import air cargo dwell time further, from present 72 hours to 48 hours, the Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) has observed that an ad-hoc reduction of free time would be incorrect unless the other areas pertaining to import cargo clearance are rationalised.
“At present, it has been noticed that the time taken by the airlines, custodians and consolidators to make import air cargo available for clearance takes very long time and eats away free time available at air cargo complex. The erratic working of ICEGATE also adds to the problem,” said Samir Shah, Chairman, FFFAI. He also made it clear that the federation’s endeavour always would be to improve the efficacy once the entire process is streamlined, while its global ranking improved automatically.