A delegation of Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Association in India (FFFAI) headed by its Chairman, AV Vijaykumar, held a meeting in Ministry of Shipping with Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (Independent Charge), and various other officials in Delhi.

The objective of the meeting was to improve the Ease of Doing Business initiatives at a ground level enabling a reduction in dwell time in Exim trade and to discuss strategic and operational issues being currently faced by Customs Broking industry.

In the meeting required steps were discussed to achieve Ease of Doing Business target set by the government, increasing transparency in working of the stakeholders, issues being faced by Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders, increasing connectivity with ICDs and gateway ports, and enhancing coastal cargo movement.

Keeping in mind the endeavour for Sea Cargo Manifest Transshipment there were discussions on Port Community System, ports infrastructure and for training and skill development were also points of discussion at the meeting.

Earlier, FFFAI also made visits to 30 plus ports, airports, ICDs, and land customs stations across the country and collated several strategic and operational recommendations.

Apart from this, FFFAI delegations also had held meetings with officials of CBIC, Ministry of Civil Aviation and AAICLAS to improve the turnaround time in import and export cargo by air.

FFFAI stressed upon the immediate need to create robust infrastructure which can sustain the growth in the volume of air cargo in order to achieve the target of creating $5 trillion economy.