|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.