Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry's demand Government to intervene while taking notice of transporters' strike call owing to its detrimental effects on Pakistan's economy

Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s demand Government to intervene while taking notice of transporters’ strike call owing to its detrimental effects on Pakistan’s economy

 

Karachi, February 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s President Muhammad Haroon Agar has demanded the Government to intervene while taking immediate notice of the transporters’ strike call owing to its detrimental effects on Pakistan’s economy which is already injured by internal and external challenges and the country must not undergo once again severe disruption in the import and export activities as entire activities at all ports of Karachi became standstill owing to strike by transporters in the month of December 2012.

He stated that transporters’ genuine grievances need immediate action by Government for instant redressal to call-off their strike and ensure smooth transportation for port activities and supply to upcountry and down-country destinations.

A delegation of United Goods Transporters Alliances, Karachi Goods Carriers Association, Transporters of Goods Association (KPT) represented by Madad Khan Niazi and Muhammad Shoaib Khan along with others and accompanied delegation of Karachi Custom Agents Association led by its President Saifullah Khan called on President KCCI and apprised about the genuine problem.

President KCCI Haroon Agar assured the delegation to contact the concerned authorities. He informed that he has already brought this issue personally in the knowledge of Commerce Minister and Commerce Secretary in the Export Development Fund meeting held on 31st January, 2013 at Islamabad for immediate intervention. Minister for Ports and Shipping is also informed about the situation, he added.

Haroon Agar urged the government to take immediate notice as the importers and exporters also have apprehensions on this issue because during the 13-days strike in December, exporters faced colossal financial losses due to delays in export shipments, decomposition of perishable export items owing to unavailability of transport. Likewise, the importers also faced huge losses in the form of detention charges as the import deliveries were halted and imported consignments failed reach to their warehouses, markets and upcountry destination leading to shortages of commodities, industrial raw materials, daily house-hold items, medicines, food products, FMCG etc. in Karachi and across Pakistan. He also demanded that the Shipping Lines/Agents involved in unfair and abusive business practices must be controlled by some Government regulatory authority.

For more information, contact:
M. Shafiq Baig
Public Relations Officer
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road,
Shahrah-e-Liaquat, Karachi-74000
Tel: +9221 9921 8001 -09
Fax: +9221 9921 8010
Email: pro@kcci.com.pk, pro2@kcci.com.pk
Website: http://www.kcci.com.pk/

 
 
 

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