In September 2018, FFFAI (Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Association in India) would be hosting the first international Freight Forwarder’s conference in New Delhi – the FIATA World Congress. It would be the first time an international conference on Logistics and Freight Forwarding would be held in India.
FIATA (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés; in English International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations) is a leading NGO in the field of transportation and logistics - the global voice for Freight Forwarders, including members from 126 countries.
Stanley Lim, current chairman of the FIATA Congress, in a recent press conference said that this would be an ideal opportunity for Indian Freight Forwarders to showcase their expertise and at the same time for the outside world to know the potentiality existing in Indian freight forwarding business. It would be an opportunity for the Indian Freight Forwarders to interact with their foreign counterparts not just to learn their best practices, but to create contacts and build partnerships.
FIATA covers multiple modes of transportation and is involved in policies that govern the freight forwarding industry. FIATA is segmented into Institutes, Advisory Bodies, and Working Groups. Together they deal with every aspect international movement of cargo, including the latest developments and the future trends in the freight forwarding industry.
The conference in India also includes an event called YLP or Young Logistics Professional. This event is for university students to encourage them to join the logistics industry. FFFAI too has an institute to which conduct courses in freight forwarding. Freight forwarding is becoming big business in India. All the major multinational freight forwarding companies are already operating in India. It is of paramount importance to have qualified personnel administering shipments. Any lax in handling can have legal claims going into crores of money that can be devastating for any company. As Lim presciently said, “education is expensive, but ignorance costs more.”
This conference is expected to be attended by over a thousand delegates. India has become the cynosure for the people who are interested to seek business opportunities in India. As Lim said the world was now looking at India. The world wants to know what was happening in India. With the various government initiatives manifesting itself in the improvement in the Ease of doing Business, their interest in India is definitely not unfounded. The timing of the conference is spot on.
Campaign for the “FIATA World Congress 2018” (FWC-2018), which has been scheduled to be held from September 25 to 29, 2018 at Aerocity in New Delhi.