Pak-Afghan Liaison Committee Discusses Bilateral Trade

LANDIKOTAL: Pak-Afghan liaison committee on Saturday held a meeting and discussed different issues ranging from impediments in smooth sailing of bilateral trade and promotion of commercial activities in the region.

The meeting was attended by members of Pak-Afghan Liaison Committee including Director Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce (PAJCCI) Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi, former SVP Sarhad Chamber, Engr Manzoor Elahi, President Khyber Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Syed Jawad Hussain Kazmi, VP Frontier Custom Agents Association, Imtiaz Ahmad Ali, Commercial Attache Afghan Consulate, Waheedullah Himmat, Deputy Attache, Hameed Fazil Khel and others.

Director trade and transit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Arbab Qaiser Hameed chaired the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion Director PAJCCI, Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi raises points that goods checking by different departments are causing delay in clearance of containers which is creating a lot of problems for businessmen.

Zia said clearance of containers at Karachi sea port takes more than ten days ensuing in infliction of demurrage and detention charges.

He said despite issuance of notification regarding Cross Tuffing of containers in Karachi the decision was not implemented as a result of which containers were going to Afghanistan and take a lot of time in reaching back, forcing businessmen to pay extra money under the head of detention charges. 

The participants also demanded permission for transportation of Afghan Transit trade goods in railway besides its shifting in bonded carrier.

They also demanded approval for filing of Goods Delivery(GD) at Azakhel Dry Port so that the custom clearing agents cpuld continue their business. 

Director Transit and Trade, Arbab Qaiser Hameed said that he was well awared of problems being faced by business community. 

Arbab Qaiser, who is also Chairman of the Liaison committee, extend his full assurance and cooperation to business community and said decisions would be taken with mutual coordination and consultation. 

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