Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) was established on 2nd December, 1962 at the hands of Shri Morarjee Desai, the then Hon’ble Finance Minister of India.
FFFAI is an National Apex Body of 28 Member Associations and sole representative, representing the interests of more than 5000 Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders operating at various ports, airports, Inland Container Depots, Container Freight Stations, Land Custom Stations in India, and who control 95% of India’s international logistics business.
FFFAI is represented in various important forums formed under Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Surface Transport, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Civil Aviation and other Trade Bodies such as Inter Ministerial Group on Multimodal Transportation, Customs & Central Excise Advisory Council (Ministry of Finance, New Delhi), SCOPE-Air, SCOPE-Shipping to name a few.
FFFAI is a member of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce And Industry (FICCI), The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) also has prestigious presence in international bodies such as International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA) and IFCBA
In pursuance of its aims and objects, the FFFAI plays a constructive role in maintaining a constant rapport with the Customs, Port Trusts, Airport Authorities, Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), Central Warehousing Corporation, Central Excise, Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), etc. to make its own contribution in the formulation of Policy and administrative measures and simplification of various procedures, For this constructive role, the Federation has been accorded official recognition and is represented on several official, semi official forums of various central ministries like Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce and other Trade Bodies.
FFFAI through its Indian Institute of Freight Forwarder (IIFF) conducts a diploma course in Freight Forwarding certified by FIATA.
FIATA, in French "Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés", in English "International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations", in German "Internationale Föderation der Spediteurorganisationen", was founded in Vienna/Austria on May 31, 1926.
FIATA, a non-governmental organisation, represents today an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, also known as the "Architects of Transport", employing around 8 - 10 million people in 150 countries.
FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.