The fu­ture beck­ons

Maritime Gateway - - Fiata World Congress 2018 -

It was an ideal op­por­tu­nity for the in­ter­na­tional freight for­ward­ing com­mu­nity to get to know all about In­dian freight for­ward­ing; the var­i­ous ini­tia­tives in­tro­duced by the gov­ern­ment to cre­ate a busi­ness friendly en­vi­ron­ment

It was branded as ‘The Fu­ture Starts Here.’ FIATA World Congress was held for the first time in In­dia.

A V Vi­jayku­mar, Chair­man FFFAI in his pre­am­ble speech said that this plat­form was an op­por­tu­nity to many na­tions to share com­mon goals to pro­vide ef­fi­cient lo­gis­tic ser­vice. The cross bor­der fa­cil­i­ta­tion mea­sures were in­di­ca­tions of unity in di­ver­sity. Samir Shah, Men­tor FIATA World Congress, said if they were to be a global player, there was a need to adopt to the changes con­tin­u­ally tak­ing place in the lo­gis­tics world.

S Ramesh, Chair­man, Cen­tral Board of In­di­rect Taxes and

Cus­toms, said that in­ter­na­tional lo­gis­tics is in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to do­mes­tic lo­gis­tics. He em­pha­sized that the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia was in­tent on im­prov­ing trade. He said that the thrust was on en­hanc­ing the ease of do­ing busi­ness and on im­prov­ing cross bor­der trade. Sin­gle win­dow in­ter­face called SWIFT, has been de­vel­oped for fa­cil­i­tat­ing trade, com­bin­ing the re­quire­ment of Cus­toms and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies un­der a sin­gle

Sisir Prad­han dec­la­ra­tion. The role of cus­toms was not just lim­ited to Cus­toms per se, but ex­tended to all as­pects of cross bor­der trade. And they were seek­ing deeper en­gage­ment with all lo­gis­tics providers.

For the ben­e­fit of for­eign lo­gis­tics op­er­a­tors Ramesh in­formed that the In­dian cus­toms had a sep­a­rate cat­e­gory of AEO ex­clu­sively for lo­gis­tic op­er­a­tors called AEO Lo­gis­tic Op­er­a­tors. In­dia has rat­i­fied the WTO agree­ment. The Trade Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Agree­ment (TFA) is the WTOS first multi­na­tional agree­ment which at­tains to sim­plify pro­ce­dures in cross bor­der move­ment of goods. More than

70 per cent of the agree­ments, the gov­ern­ment of In­dia has clas­si­fied as cat­e­gory A, mean­ing the gov­ern­ment’s readi­ness to im­ple­ment the rules were al­ready in progress.

Ragini Yechury, Founder Chair­per­son, Women in Lo­gis­tics and Trans­port (WILAT) & Mem­ber of The Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, Char­tered In­sti­tute of Lo­gis­tics and Trans­port (CILT), main­tained gen­der di­ver­sity in the work­force not only fos­tered col­lab­o­ra­tion, un­der­stand­ing and tol­er­ance but also boosted com­pet­i­tive­ness, pro­duc­tiv­ity and CSR. How­ever cur­rently women ac­counted only 15 per cent of di­rec­to­rial po­si­tions.

Thomas Sin, Chair­man of Ad­vi­sory Body Vo­ca­tional Train­ing (ABVT) spoke on the im­por­tance for the per­son­nel of lo­gis­tics in­dus­try to keep up with the tech­nol­ogy that was mak­ing deep in­roads in the sec­tor.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Blockchain, e-com­merce, e-freight 3D print­ing,

AI, robotics etc was dra­mat­i­cally chang­ing the lo­gis­tics sec­tor. De Bliecks, Deputy Direc­tor - Trade Fa­cil­i­ta­tion, WCO, firmly be­lieves that his or­gan­i­sa­tion is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing cross bor­der trade by de­vel­op­ing in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in pur­suit of uni­fi­ca­tion, stan­dard­i­s­a­tion, and har­mon­i­sa­tion of Cus­toms and bor­der clear­ance pro­cesses by pro­vid­ing best tech­ni­cal sup­port. They had been look­ing into the fu­ture of Cus­tom’s role and as­sist­ing var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions and other rel­e­vant bor­der agen­cies and stake­holder in or­der to be ahead of the curve as in­ter­na­tional sup­ply chain evolves.

Ar­naud Le Hors - Se­nior Tech­ni­cal Staff Mem­ber, Web & Blockchain Open Tech­nolo­gies - IBM sought to dis­pel the mis­con­cep­tions sur­round­ing Blockchain. He said that main­tain­ing a ledger was an in­dis­pens­able re­quire­ment in busi­ness. In busi­ness trans­ac­tions, the var­i­ous peo­ple in­volved main­tain sep­a­rate ledgers. Every­body up­dates their own ver­sion of the trans­ac­tion. This brings about du­pli­ca­tion and in­ef­fi­ciency into the sys­tem. A Blockchain, how­ever avoids these short­com­ings ie by hav­ing a com­mon ledger for all the stake­hold­ers in the busi­ness where any trans­ac­tion made, is vis­i­ble to all. It is a com­mon shared dig­i­tal ledger shared among var­i­ous en­ti­ties. There is syn­chro­ni­sa­tion in the trans­ac­tions ow­ing to peer to peer net­work­ing.

Re­lated to Blockchain was a very in­ter­est­ing talk on Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (AI). Su­san Malaika, Se­nior Tech­ni­cal Staff Mem­ber,

Open Tech for Data and Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence, IBM, elu­ci­dated on this es­o­teric sub­ject. AI is a set of tools which en­able one to in­ter­pret dig­i­tal data, an­a­lyse the past, pre­dict the fu­ture and take ac­tion. Ev­ery-time we click or swipe, data is stored about our ac­tions some­where. This was how big data started de­vel­op­ing. Though big data is an old con­cept, AI be­came rel­e­vant when big data be­came a re­al­ity. Huge in­vest­ments were be­ing made in AI. It was ex­pected to grow and be used in many dis­ci­plines and in­dus­try.

The con­fer­ence has been timely and has as­sumed rel­e­vance among many del­e­gates. The South African del­e­ga­tion re­ceived as much 38 in­quiries from var­i­ous In­dian Freight For­warders.

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