Torkham border closure makes long queue of over 7000 stranded Trucks

PESHAWAR: Director Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI), Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi has said that closure of Torkhem border for the last five days has made a very long queue of more than 7000 stranded trucks laden with goods including perishable items like fresh fruit, vegetable, juices, poultry, eggs etc.
In a press statement issued here on Thursday, Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi said the queue of stranded trucks has reached Hamza Baba chowk and if the gate is not opened it will reached Peshawar, inflicting enormous losses to exporters and businessmen.
He said the stoppage of containers on the way to Afghanistan is causing demurrages to exporters in thousands of rupees on daily basis besides raising changes of getting rot of perishable items.
Every container of sugar is being charged a demurrage of Rs. 45,000 on daily basis. While the container filled with transit good is charged US dollar 160 on daily basis as detention charges. Similarly, every truck is being fined Rs. 6,000 on daily basis as Helding charge. –Agencies