Mumbai: Container Freight Station Association of India (CFSAI) has set up a full-fledged Secretariat and moved to its new office at “Anchorage Building” in Dronagiri Node on 26th August 2015. Mr. Sanjeev Behari, IRS, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Nhava Sheva was the Chief Guest on this occasion who formally inaugurated the office.
The distinguished Board members of CFSAI includes the President Shri. Adarsh Hegde and Vice President Shri. V Padmanabhan and Capt. Nishit Joshi welcomed Mr. Sanjeev Behari and Mr. Rakesh Goel, IRS, Addl Commisoner (Exports) and all members of CFSAI.
At the function, Mr.Sanjeev Behari addressed the CFSAI members in the newly opened office and mentioned that JNPT’s growth in the last two years was marginal as compared to the other ports such as Mundra , Hazira and Chennai.
Mr.Sanjeev Behari expressed his desire to know what steps were required to boost the growth and remove bottle-necks which were holding up the growth in JNPT region.
CFSAI members took the opportunity to highlight various factors which contribute to delays, loss of productivity and efficiency and also suggested positive and easy implementable steps that could be taken to improve the productivity.
The issue of the recent strike in GTI, congestion on roads, delay in clearance of long standing containers, obstacles / constraints in disposal of goods especially food and agro products, were amongst the issues discussed.
Mr.Behari has asked CFSAI to formally highlight each of the issues and he along with his team would make best endeavours to address some of them.
CFSAI was set up in July 2004 and has been taking up various key issues of its members from time to time in various forums and with Governmental bodies including JNPT, CBEC, CIDCO, POLICE, CISF, MPCB etc & various ministries such as Ministry of Commerce, Finance and Shipping and Private Terminal Operators.
CFSAI is focused on improving efficiency of the logistics sector and address constraints which are deterrents to the growth of the sector. As the backbone of India’s economy, the logistics space is poised for a substantial growth in the coming years.
Mr. Adarsh Hegde President of CFSAI also mentioned during the occasion that “The association has recently expanded its team and now has on board Mr. Umesh Grover as the Secretary General. He is the ex-CEO of INSA & an ex- Director on Board of SCI who comes with a vast experience in the Port & Shipping sector”.