On November 27 a delegation of the Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) had an interactive meeting with Mr Hasmukh Adhia – Revenue Secretary, Government of India by visiting the Central Board of Excise and Customs office in New Delhi. The agenda of the meeting was to discuss issues regarding EXIM Trade. The delegation had elaborate discussions on issues pertaining to zero tolerance of corruption, complete digitalisation of custom broking processes, reduction in dwell time and cost, FFFAI being a self regulating authority of custom brokers in India, Goods and Service Tax Act and implementation of circulars and instructions issued in this regard, and FIATA World Congress 2018 which will be held in Aerocity, New Delhi from September 26-29, 2018.
Led by Mr. Ashish Pednekar, Chairman – FFFAI other member of the delegation included Mr. A.V. Vijaykumar ; Chairman – Elect, FFFAI; Mr. P.S. Atree, Mr. Rajesh Verma, Mr. Sudip Dey, Mr. Kartik Pancholi, Mr. Sashidhar Hebbar and Mr. S. Ramakrishna-Vice Chairmen of FFFAI; Mr. Amit Kamat, Honorary Secretary, FFFAI & Congress Co-ordinator, FIATA World Congress 2018; Mr. Vinod Sharma, Honorary Treasurer, FFFAI; Mr. Alan Jose, Executive Committee Member, FFFAI & Honorary Treasurer FIATA World Congress 2018 and Mr. Debashis Dutta, Former Chairman, FFFAI & Chairman FIATA World Congress 2018.
While interacting Mr Adhia appreciated the points raised by FFFAI during the meeting and expressed full support of his department to the Federation towards zero tolerance of corruption. He advised the delegation to support achieving the goal of the Government and to intimate to his office, regarding cases where undue delays and harassment are caused by Govt Officers in clearances, with intent to corruption, so as to bring in complete transparency in the process of clearances. He also sought support of the Federation to improve the ranking as far as Ease of Doing Business in Logistics is concerned.
The FFFAI leaders assured the Revenue Secretary, that the Federation will intimate to the department of instances of corruption. Also they would sensitize their members to avoid such unethical practices. FFFAI will support all the endeavors of the Government in improvising the Ease of Doing Business ranking of the Country.
Federation also urged the Revenue Secretary for the Ministry’s support to the FIATA World Congress 2018, the biggest global event in logistics, which is happening for the first time in India. The Revenue Secretary assured all non-financial support to FWC 2018.
In this meeting, issues faced by Custom Brokers with relation to Customs and Service Tax were also discussed in details. The Revenue Secretary appreciated the concerns raised during the meeting and assured resolution of the issues. The interactive meeting was also attended by Ms Vanaja Sarna, Chair Person, CBEC; Mr PK Das, Member Customs, and Mr A Satya Srinivas – Joint Secretary, Customs.