The Second Edition of the Cargo Connexions Conclave organised by India Seatrade and the Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) in Coimbatore on Friday (February 14) received an overwhelming response from a large spectrum of the cargo and logistics community.
Stakeholders in the shipping and logistics sectors discussed ways to improve the cost competitiveness of Indian exports and imports.
Sivasailam, Special Secretary (Logistics), Department of Commerce, while responding to some of the specific issues raised by the speakers, said that all stake holders including shipping lines, ports, industry, technology developers and government should focus on the critical need to reduce costs for the industry and improving efficiency.
T.K. Ramachandran, Chairman of V O Chidambaranar Port Trust, outlined the steps taken by the port for faster clearance of export-import cargo. Besides, more facilities are being created to cater to the rising cargo volumes shipped through the port, he said.
V.J. Mathew, Chairman, Kerala Maritime Board, gave a low down of the initiative taken by the Board in areas such as cargo handling, passenger transport, cruise and inland transport in the State.
N.J. Kumaresh, Commissioner (Appeal), GST Commissionerate, spoke about technical tools that have been adopted to make GST related filings simple for the assesses.
Israr Ahmed, Regional Chairman of Federation of Indian Export Organisations, said that the 12 major ports in the country played a crucial role in facilitating India’s export import trade.