Mr S. Ramakrishna has been unanimously elected as Chairman, FFFAI at the 7th Executive Committee Meeting of FFFAI held on November 30 and Dec 1 in Mumbai. Mr Ramakrishna’s tenure will be from December 1, 2018 till 30th September, 2019. Earlier he was the Vice Chairman of the Federation.
On being elected as Chairman, Mr Ramakrishna informed that his prime focus would be to achieve MSME status for Indian Customs Brokers CBs) and Freight Forwarders (FFs). “We are pursuing the MSME ministry to enable our members are recognized as MSME sector. We are also pursuing for Industry status to cargo & logistics sector as a whole, which I surely want to achieve during my tenure,” he said.
According to him, his focus will also be on doing away with redundant processes which could be scrapped for the betterment of business. “Ideally, we would like the ICEGATE to be ERP which could be linked to e-way bills, getting data in CSV or Excel files to upload on various government portals, where it is necessary to upload. In the Customs areas as well, at FFFAI we have suggested many measures which would be pursed and completed during my term,” Mr Ramakrishna added.
In addition, the new FFFAI Chairman put utmost importance on skill development to make the Customs Broking, Freight Forwarding and Logistics industry at large a well trained and organised sector, which offers immense career opportunities to young aspirants. He pointed out the FFFAI’s ongoing skill development initiatives through organising seminars, workshops and above all, its training institute Indian Institute of Freight Forwarders (IIFF), which was launched in 2004. Affiliated by international organization FIATA, IIFF’s objective is to supply well-trained and skilled logistics professionals to the industry.
The IIFF’s FIATA diploma in logistics, shipping and freight forwarding consists of a set of specialised modules and content that applies directly to the different areas of work related to customs, freight forwarding, sea, air, road, rail transport and logistics business.
Commenting on the recently concluded FIATA World Congress in Delhi, which was hosted by FFFAI, Mr Ramakrishna was emphatic about its far reaching impact on India’s logistics industry. In his opinion, the prime focus of FWC 2018 was to promote Brand India as an attractive destination for the manufacturing and logistics hub, through meaningful discussions and interactions among the logistics industry experts and stakeholders of India and the world.
“We are proud that the event surpassed our target and expectations in terms of participations and quality discussions including B2B meetings. Indian logistics practitioners got huge opportunities for the first time at their home turf, thanks to FFFAI’s initiative for organising an international event of this magnitude, in which more than 1200 delegates had participated form India and 120 countries.
FWC 2018 helped the global freight forwarding industry realise the untapped growth opportunity within their supply chains for doing business in India, regarding end-to-end global logistics solutions, customer centricity and new business opportunities. “Consequently, we are bullish that the EXIM and logistics industry would witness the desired results of the network they expanded and established at this mega event. The Indian freight forwarders are looking out for multiple partnerships in different countries for mutual benefit. FWC 2018 did it very successfully,” he maintained.