On May 21, 2015, the Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) held its Biennial Convention in Mumbai. The event regularly draws participants from across the import-export trade as well as high level government officials from around India. FFFAI represents 5,000 customs brokers and freight forwarders that control 90% of India’s international logistics trade.
The Chief Guest of the event was Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis. Consul General Tom Vajda shared the dais with the Chief Minister and provided keynote remarks, stressing the importance of growing U.S.-India commercial ties. The Consul General acknowledged the valuable contribution of the FFFAI members in helping U.S.-India trade grow five-fold since 2001 to $100 billion. He also expressed the hope that there would be another five-fold rise in the next five years.
Chief Minister Fadnavis spoke about the “Make in India” and “Make in Maharashtra” programs, noting the importance of having a good supply chain to make these programs successful. Several members of parliament and state legislature officials along with the industry minister of the state of Maharashtra also attended the event.