The Delhi Customs Clearing Agents Association (DCCAA) is planning to start regular class room courses of the Indian Institute of Freight Forwarders (IIFF) which is the training wing of the Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI). Mr PS Atree, the newly elected one of the six Vice Chairmen of FFFAI and President, DCCAA informed that in the days to come the association would put more emphasis on training and skill development for their members, customs brokers, freight forwarding and logistics community in Delhi and surrounding area.
Mr Atree also shared that soon DCCAA would take initiative to open northern region chapter of IIFF in Delhi to start regular classroom courses for industry practitioners as well as fresh students. At present, IIFF occasionally conducts special classes in Delhi for customs brokers and freight forwarders.
“The landscape of customs broking and freight forwarding business are changing rapidly. We will have to cope up and comply with the new requirements from our customers as well as government policies. With traditional method of doing business and without know-how about new procedural and regulatory requirements our fraternity will be in serious crisis. Hence, need of the hour is to set our house in order to thrive in customs broking, freight forwarding and logistics business. In fact this sector promises tremendous potential thanks to our government’s impetus on manufacturing, infrastructure development, ‘ease of doing business’ and trade facilitation initiatives,” he elaborated.
“I am feeling very happy and committed to work for FFFAI members and customs broker community in India with my added responsibility as Vice Chairman of our Federation. Since I am based in Delhi, it would be my special focus to coordinate with all relevant ministries. Also, my emphasis would be strengthening our relationship with the government for due recognition from all ministries by obtaining professional status similar to CAs and lawyers,” said Mr Atree. It should be pertinent to mention that meanwhile Indian customs brokers and freight forwarders have got recognition from the Ministry of MSME and presently the entire logistics industry is urging for industry status from the government of India.
According to Mr Atree, the forthcoming FIATA World Congress 2018 in Delhi would be an unprecedented opportunity to Indian freight forwarders to expand their horizon and outlook owing to close interactions on new ideas and trends prevailing in the global logistics market.