Cochin Custom House Agents Association -CCHAA
The Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations in India is the national apex body of Customs House Agents' associations established at various custom ports and airports in India. Efforts to set up a National Apex body in the form of Federation was started when the Custom House Agents Associations of Bombay, Cochin, Calcutta and Madras and held a joint conference in 1960. The final decision was taken on 1st December 1962 at a joint conference at Bombay by the representatives of the Associations of Bombay, Calcutta, Cochin, Jamnagar, Bhawnagar, Delhi and Goa.
The next day on 2nd December 1962, Mr. Morarji Desai, the then Honorable Union Finance Minister inaugurated the Federation in presence of a distinguished gathering. This was the year when licensing for the customs house agents was prescribed in India in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.
The Federation represents the interests of customs house agents in India and closely coordinates the activities of customs house agents' associations spread over various customs ports and airports. The Federation seeks to identify the problems faced by customs house agents and strives to find avenues to bring relief, to take united action to protect and promote the interests of the profession in all aspects, and to effectively interact with member associations to improve the efficiency and productivity of their members through training programs and the dissemination of information. There are upwards of 2,000 customs house agents operating in India.As an apex body of customs house agents, the Federation has official recognition and is represented in several Committees/Sub-Committees of Government Ministries and commercial/trade bodies.The Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations in India is administered by an Executive Committee which meets every quarter at different places to discuss matters of importance and to make policy decisions.The Federation has its own in-house bulletin, the Forwarder which serves the dual purpose of keeping the members informed of happenings and projecting the image of the Federation to outsiders by due publicity of its functions and activities.The Federation organizes its biennial convention every two years which focuses on the latest trends in freight forwarding and also makes authorities aware of the problems faced by members. Our last Convention took place earlier this year.