Mr Ashish Pednekar has taken over as Chairman, Federation of Freight
Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) for 2017-19, who has been
Chairman-elect of the Federation for 2015-17. Mr Pednekar’s installation
ceremony was held at a grand evening function on September 22 in Mumbai preceded
by the AGM of FFFAI. Earlier, at the AGM Mr AV Vijaykumar has been elected as new
Chairman-elect and Mr PS Atree, Mr Rajesh Verma, Mr S Ramakrishna, Mr.
Shashidhar V. Hebbar, Mr Sudip Dey and Mr. Kartik Pancholi have been elected as
Vice Chairmen for the 2017-19 tenure. In addition, Mr Amit Kamat and Mr Vinod
Sharma have been re-elected (unopposed) for the Honorary Secretary and Honorary
Treasure posts respectively.
Known as the man of action, perfection and punctuality Mr Pednekar joined
his family business in the year 1999 as Managing Director of GVP Group. GVP
Group is an established and leading Full Service International Freight
Forwarder in India having offices across India and a Global Network of
Associates. GVP Group is specialized in ‘Door to-Door International Logistics’ with
its staff strength of over 100 people.
A very well known personality
in the Shipping & Maritime fraternity Mr Pednekar is possessing tremendous experience
in various aspects of business.
Apart from Chairman, FFFAI, Mr Pednekar also currently playing and
previously played the following crucial roles in various Trade Bodies:
• Current President -
Brihanmumbai Custom Brokers Association (BCBA)
• Former President
(2011-2012 & 2012-2013) -Maharashtra Chamber Of Commerce, Industry &
Trustee-Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT)
• Member -Konkan Railway
User’s Consultative Committee
On taking over charges as Chairman, FFFAI, Mr Pednekar emphasized on
strengthening the organization and working very hard to make the ‘FIATA World
Congress 2018’, which is being hosted by FFFAI and will be held from September
25-29 in New Delhi. “Customs Brokers community, logistics industry, exim trade
and the Nation’s economy at large are expecting significantly from FFFAI. And,
it is our pride that both industry stake holders and the Government of India
have recognized Indian Customs Brokers led by FFFAI the force to be reckoned
with to script the success story of GST, TFA and Make in India,” maintained Mr
Pednekar. He also shared that soon FFFAI would meet all relevant central
ministries, government agencies and custodians/facilitators to resolve pending
issues which have been hindering the speed of cargo clearance at different
levels. “We would also interact regularly with the government and industry
stakeholders for their support to make the FIATA World Congress a huge success.
I would not leave any stone unturned to bring FFFAI and CBs always under
limelight,” he added.
Apart from a large
number of customs brokers, freight forwarders, logistics industry players,
custodians, exporters/importers, government agencies, Mr Pednekar’s
installation ceremony was also graced by Mr Deepak Vasant Kesarkar, Minister of
State for Home (Rural), Finance and Planning, Maharashtra State Government; Mr
Gopal Shetty, MP, Mumbai North; Mr Vivek Johri, Chief Commissioner of
Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House (JNCH); Mr Samir J Shah, immediate past Chairman, FFFAI
and several other dignitaries. “Big changes in FFFAI and so to Customs Broking,
Freight Forwarding and Logistics business are on the horizon. The grand
installation ceremony of our new Chairman and the conviction of the newly
elected office bearers and EC members for 2017-19 are the testimonies that we
are going to witness tremendous developments in our industry in next two years.
Meanwhile, we have witnessed several changes at the policy level in respect of
trade facilitation as well as the mindset of our fraternity for acquiring
domain knowledge and proficiency. These
would definitely push forward the exim trade of our country phenomenally with
great support from Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders and Logistics
Practitioners,” said Mr Shah, who has been instrumental in bringing about many changes in FFFAI as
well as in government policies.