A delegation from the Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in
India (FFFAI) visited the Central Board of Excise and Customs on November 27,
to discuss issues regarding ex-im trade.
The delegation was led by Mr Ashish Pednekar (Chairman - FFFAI) and
comprised Mr A. V. Vijaykumar (Chairman-Elect, FFFAI), Mr P. S. Atree, Mr
Rajesh Verma, Mr Sudip Dey, Mr Kartik Pancholi, Mr Sashidhar Hebbar, Mr S.
Ramakrishna (Vice Chairmen - FFFAI), Mr Amit Kamat (Honorary Secretary - FFFAI
& Congress Coordinator, 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 and Chairman, FIATA World Congress 2018). They met
with Mr.Hasmukh Adhia, Revenue Secretary and other officials.
The delegation discussed on issues pertaining to zero tolerance of
corruption, complete digitalisation of Customs broker processes, reduction in
dwell time and cost, FFFAI being a self-regulating authority of Customs brokers
in India, Goods and Services Tax Act and implementation of circulars and
instructions issued in this regard, and the FIATA World Congress 2018 to be
held at Aerocity, New Delhi during September 26-29, 2018.
Mr Hasmukh Adhia appreciated the points raised during the meeting and
expressed the wholehearted 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 intimate to his office cases where undue delays
and harassment are caused by government 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 India’s ranking
in Ease of Doing Business in Logistics.
The Federation assured the Revenue Secretary that not only will it intimate
to the department instances of corruption, but it will also sensitise its
members to avoid such unethical practices, and will support all the endeavours
of the government to improve the ranking of the country in ease of doing
The Federation also requested Mr Adhia for the support of the Ministry of
Finance for the FIATA World Congress 2018, the biggest global event in
logistics, which is happening for the first time in India. The Revenue
Secretary assured complete non-financial support to the event.
The meeting with the Revenue Secretary was also attended by Ms Vanaja
Sarna, Chairperson, CBEC, Mr P. K. Das, Member (Customs) and Mr A. Satya
Srinivas, Joint Secretary (Customs). It discussed in detail the issues faced by
Customs brokers with regard to Customs and Service Tax. Mr Adhia appreciated
the concerns raised and assured resolution of the issues.
The members of the Federation also had a meeting with Dr John Joseph and
apprised him of the pending litigations with respect to Service Tax. He
extended a patient hearing and assured resolution of their concerns, said a