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FFFAI delegation discusses key issues with Revenue Secretary, CBEC Chairperson

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 business.

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 release.


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