Bringing services of FTCCI closer to the exporters at GMR Air Cargo Complex at Shamshabad

The Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTCCI) opened a FTCCI Business Facilitation Centre was inaugurated by J.S. Chandrashekar, IRS., Principal Commissioner of Customs, Hyderabad Customs Commissionerate, in the presence of Saurabh Kumar, CEO, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo and Logistics Private Ltd., and Ramakanth Inani, President, FTCCI.

Considering the demand and to facilitate the exporters during the unprecedented times of pandemic, FTCCI Business Facilitation Centre (FTCCI-BFC) situated at GMR Air Cargo Terminal, Shamshabad, was set up to provide business services, update on the happenings and disseminate the activities of FTCCI, so that the entrepreneurs/exporters can leverage the services of FTCCI, for their growth and development. 

The RGI Airport has an integrated cargo facility housing both domestic and international facilities under one roof.  Apart from cargo facility, airport has all the facilities/services required for exporters.  There are growth opportunities in the areas of drug formulations, biological, residual chemicals and allied products; bulk drugs and drug intermediates; organic chemicals; natural stones and product; gold and other precious metals. The Centre at the airport premises provides for hassle free facility for exporters, improving ease of doing business further. It acts a catalyst for increasing exports from the State in leaps and bounds, apart from earnings of precious foreign exchange.

J.S. Chandrashekar said: “It’s great initiative from FTCCI to bring their services at the doorstep of importers and exporters. I must appreciate FTCCI for taking this step.  We all must think out of box and devise suitable ways to smoothen the business functioning. Apart from following the footsteps of Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai. Hyderabad needs to think out of box and make the experience seamless for exporters so that more exports can take place from Hyderabad. We should think ahead of times which should help business grow much faster.”

Ramakanth Inani, President, said: “After 103 years, this is the is first-ever ‘Business Facilitation Centre’ outside FTCCI Office, aimed to assist trade & industry by issuing Certificate of Origin & Export Document attestation, Visa Recommendation & Foreign Travel Reference services and place of shipment at airport itself.  The objective of the Centre is to update on the happenings and disseminate the activities of FTCCI. Covid-19 pandemic has created hurdles in the free movement of goods and people and the industries are facing many challenges and we believe that the FTCCI Business Facilitation Centrewill help entrepreneurs/exporters in ease of doing business.”

Speaking on the occasion, Saurabh Kumar, CEO-GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo, said: “We are very happy to have The FTCCI Business Facilitation Centre as part of our integrated Air Cargo Ecosystem. We have created a concept of Cargo Village to bring-in all related air cargo service providers, authorities and trade in a single location for easy access and quick turn-around time. We are one of the few Cargo Terminals in the Country to have Regulators, Industry Bodies, Agents, Forwarders and Certification Agencies under the same roof.”

The inauguration was also attended by Tulasi Prasad, President, Custom House Agent, Hyd., Adil Khan, President, Customs Brokers Association, Hyd., Gopi Donti Reddy, Deputy Commissioner., Mrithyujai, Deputy Commissioner, Hyd Customs., Purshottam Singh Thakur, Head-Operations, & Parul K., Head-BD & Marketing, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo., and K. Bhasker Reddy, Sr Vice President & Khyati Naravane, CEO, FTCCI.