‘Change is vi­tal for the fu­ture’

AV Vi­jayku­mar, the re­cent Chair­man-elect, FFFAI, fo­cuses on the changes hap­pen­ing in the in­dus­try. Ac­cord­ing to him, to en­able change in mind­set would be a task which will be the fo­cus for the near fu­ture.

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Iam un­equiv­o­cal about the changes in mind­set that In­dian Cus­toms Bro­kers and Freight For­warders should be striv­ing for. And, it is far more rel­e­vant when the land­scape of this sec­tor is chang­ing phe­nom­e­nally. Changes are too rapid and adopt­ing these is a chal­lenge. We are mov­ing to­wards a trust based busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment with less pa­per, lesser phys­i­cal in­ter­ac­tion and least in­ter­ven­tion, Vi­jayku­mar clar­i­fied.

He pointed to the facts that presently there is huge trans­for­ma­tion as re­gards to ship­ment pro­cess­ing. From a man­u­ally driven pro­ce­dure, there is a dras­tic shift to a process driven sys­tem. The Trade Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Agree­ment (TFA) has ac­cel­er­ated this re­quire­ment and In­dian Cus­toms have taken the lead. AEO, SWIFT, DPD, DPE are few il­lus­tra­tions of chang­ing dy­nam­ics of the in­ter­na­tional trans­port busi­ness, he ex­plained. In his opin­ion, these ini­tia­tives from the CBEC have a strong im­pact on the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try, es­pe­cially the cus­toms bro­kers. To touch briefly, we can per­ceive that spe­cific amend­ments to Sec 46 and 47 of Cus­toms Act ’62 will have a bear­ing on the per­for­mance of the cus­toms bro­kers and the im­porters given the fact that the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the ship­ping lines or the con­sol­ida­tors are not fully cov­ered by these amend­ments, he un­der­scored.

Con­sul­ta­tive process nec­es­sary

Vi­jayku­mar feels that the gov­ern­ment pol­icy mak­ers should have a con­sul­ta­tive process be­fore any change is in­tro­duced and such ef­fort should be mean­ing­ful with an open mind. Im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies should pre­pare them ahead of any change and should be trade-friendly.

FIATA to wit­ness best global tal­ents

I am bullish about the pos­i­tive im­pact of FIATA World Congress 2018 to be held from Septem­ber 25-29 in New Delhi. FIATA World Congress 2018 is des­tined in New Delhi through tire­less ef­forts of FFFAI for the past few years. It is an event of global sig­nif­i­cance not only for the lo­gis­tics sec­tor but the en­tire cross sec­tion of man­u­fac­tur­ing and ser­vice in­dus­try. When the best of global tal­ents as­sem­bles un­der a sin­gle roof to share their thoughts, the re­sults have to be pos­i­tive and this is what FFFAI is en­deav­our­ing to achieve, Vi­jayku­mar shared. He has also ap­pealed for sup­port from the gov­ern­ment to the Congress to make the event a great suc­cess, for the coun­try’s ex-im trade’s point of view as well.

Presently there is huge trans­for­ma­tion as re­gards to ship­ment pro­cess­ing. From a man­u­ally driven pro­ce­dure, there is a dras­tic shift to a process driven sys­tem

AV Vi­jayku­mar Chair­man-elect FFFAI

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