The Cochin Custom House Agents Association is one of the premier CHA Associations in India and was established in the year 1955. The Association is registered under the Cochin Registration of Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Act II of 1955 as per the Registration No 4/1955 on 01.04.1955.The objects and Memorandum and Articles of Association were formulated taking into account the laws existing then and the then economic scenario
But subsequently many Acts and legislation's were enacted by the Government of India which dramatically changed the role of CHAs and CCHAA .Introduction of Companies Act 1956,Customs Act 1962, Income Tax Act 1961, Custom House Agents Licensing Regulations 2004, Multimodal Transportation Act 1993 & Amendments Act 2000.
The fortunes of Cochin Port and The Cochin Custom House Agents Association are co-related. In the initial years the Association was keeping a low profile because the cargo routed through Cochin Port was negligible. But with the introduction of liberalization and opening up of the economy in 1990s the Indian economic scenario also changed dramatically. The Cochin Port also began to grow and attract more and more cargo. The opening of Cochin International Airport in 2000 and the prospect of the prestigious Vallarpadam Container Terminal becoming a reality in the near future has further accelerated the Export/Import trade through Cochin Port. The Association is playing a prominent role at the Sea Port and Air port of Cochin. Currently the Association has got a member strength of 160 Ordinary Members and 6 Associate Members.
As per Sec. 24 of the Custom House Agents Licensing Regulations 2004 it is mandatory to have an Association at the respective Customs Station/Sea Port/Air Port and each CHA should enroll themselves as a member of the Custom House Agents Association. Hence it is very clear that the Association is a statutory body recognized by the Commissioner of Customs. CCHAA is member of the Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations of India (FFFAI), apex body of all CHA Associations in India and FFFAI is affiliated to International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations & International Federation of Customs Brokers Association (world body of CHA Associations)
The Association office is situated at the CCHAA building at the North End of W. Island, Cochin adjacent to the Cochin Port Trust Administration building and the Custom House.
Indira Gandhi Road, Willingdon Island, Cochin-682009 ,