NCHAA to or­gan­ise GST aware­ness meet

Noida Cus­toms House Agents As­so­ci­a­tion (NCHAA), one of the 28 mem­bers of FFFAI, will soon be or­gan­is­ing a sem­i­nar for cus­toms bro­kers and freight for­warders and trade as­so­ciates. The sem­i­nar will fo­cus on GST.

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To com­ply the new GST ser­vices within the in­dus­try, there needs to be a pre­pared­ness within the sec­tor to project ef­fi­ciency. S Ra­makr­ishna, Pres­i­dent, NCHAA and Vice Chair­man, FFFAI, says, “I think each sec­tor is pre­pared or get­ting pre­pared for im­ple­men­ta­tion of GST. The lo­gis­tics sec­tor, es­pe­cially the in­ter­na­tional play­ers in freight for­ward­ing and cus­tom bro­kers have chal­lenges which would bother for some time. How­ever, since we as an in­dus­try re­jig our­selves in adapt­ing the changes fastest ever, there­fore our chal­lenges would be very tem­po­rary.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ra­makr­ishna, now as most rules and reg­u­la­tions re­lated to the GST are al­most clear, with the help of pro­fes­sional and lawyers, FFFAI and its mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions are able to dwell upon the in­tri­ca­cies and nu­ances of GST. Noida As­so­ci­a­tion would also be tak­ing sim­i­lar ef­forts in or­gan­is­ing such sem­i­nars lo­cally as well.

On ex­pec­ta­tions from the GST coun­cil, he said, “As lo­gis­ti­cians our only ex­pec­ta­tion from the gov­ern­ment is smooth tran­si­tion both at the cen­tral and state level. The first stage of mi­gra­tion did have chal­lenges of not map­ping the en­tire in­di­rect tax de­part­ment like cen­tral ex­cise, VAT etc., how­ever on send­ing the mes­sages to their help desk did re­solve quite a bit of is­sues.” He how­ever, high­lighted the fol­low­ing chal­lenges that need at­ten­tion of the GST Coun­cil:

E- To­ken for the ve­hi­cles es­pe­cially from freight for­ward­ing in­dus­try per­spec­tive, where the con­tain­ers or goods are off­loaded at the premises of the EXIM trade.

In the case of closer prox­im­ity states (like NCR) where the op­er­a­tion is man­aged from one state (like Delhi) with fixed es­tab­lish­ment but work is done at other state (like Haryana, UP etc) with­out any es­tab­lish­ment, a cus­tom bro­ker will likely to face chal­lenges from other states.

Ex­port freight paid to In­dian reg­is­tered shipping com­pa­nies and air­lines for the goods that are ex­ported.

Place of Sup­ply, third coun­try trans­ac­tions, val­u­a­tion and above all state-wise reg­is­tra­tion and re­turn would be the big­gest chal­lenge.

As lo­gis­ti­cians our only ex­pec­ta­tion from the gov­ern­ment is smooth tran­si­tion both at the cen­tral and state level

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