FFFAI to MOCA on re­duc­tion in ‘free’ dwell time

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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.

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