India links up with UAE

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THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) has signed two memorandum of understandings (MoU) with Indian freight forwarding associations to improve cooperation between India and the UAE.

The NAFL president, David Phillips, signed the agreements in separate ceremonies with the Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations in India (FFFAI) chairman, Debashis Dutta, and Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India (AMTOI) president, Sailesh Bhatia.

The MoUs were signed at the International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations (FIATA) Region Africa Middle East (RAME) conference in Dubai on 19 and 20 April. The RAME 2015 conference was encouraging trade between the Indian Subcontinent and Africa via the Middle East.
Phillips says: “RAME is by itself a very vibrant business corridor, and the UAE and Dubai has been the traditional hub that bridges these regions and facilitates trade.”

He describes India as, “a trade power house”, which when included in the trade corridor between the Indian subcontinent and Africa via the Middle East, makes the region, “possibly the most exciting area globally.”

The FFFAI has over 5,000 members in the freight forwarding and customs broking industries, including 24 associations, and claims to cover about 90 per cent of the Indian logistics trade. The AMTOI has 200 members.