President FPCCI for lifting ban on export of goods

By Asad Cheema

ISLAMABAD: President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Mian Anjum Nisar has expressed his serious concern closure of export of Pakistani goods to Afghanistan through Chaman, Torkham and Khorlachi borders due to which bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan stands still.
Pak-Afghan borders were closed due to pandemic situation of Covid-19 and have been re-opened by the government this month and allowed move of cargo traffic to Afghanistan but the concerned authorities on the borders are allowing only those trucks which are carrying cargo under transit trade.
Mian Anjum Nisar further said that our Pakistani exporters are facing heavy losses because thousands of trucks of Pakistani traders, carrying perishable consignment of rice, potatoes, vegetable medicines and table eggs, cattle & poultry feeds, small chicks, paints and other miscellaneous items have been stuck up the on Pak Afghan borders for which advance payments have already been deposited in the bank including advance income tax and EDF charges.
He said that these items cannot be exported to any other country except Afghanistan and the concerned authorities should also allow Pakistani exports consignments to move to Afghanistan. The government of Pakistan opened the borders to facilitate the traders and exporters both under bilateral trade and transit trade, he added.
Anjum Nisar pointed out that since Covid-19 breakouts, trade between Iran and Afghanistan has never been halted any day and Iran–Afghanistan bilateral trade is smoothly running, whereas Pakistani exporter are in serious trouble and Pak–Afghan bilateral trade stands still which is damaging our economy.
The FPCCI President informed that Razak Dawood, Advisor to Prime Minister for Commerce, Textile and Industry had assured us that Pak Afghan borders will be operative for 5 days a week which should be immediately notified on the borders and export of Pakistani goods should also be allowed through these borders.