Meeting held on mishandling of export consignments under chairmanship of Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan

Karachi, December 09, 2015 (PPI-OT):A meeting was held in TDAP on the subject on December 9, 2015 under the chairmanship of Mr. S.M. Munir, Chief Executive, TDAP, which was attended by Mr. Muhammad Abuzar, Force Commander, ANF, Dr. M. Usman, Director General, TDAP, Mr. Asad Rafi Chandna, Director General, Ministry of Port and Shipping, Karachi, Mr. Agha Shahid Majeed Khan, Collector Export, PQA, Dr. Saifuddin Junejo, Collector Export, Karachi Port, Mr. Sohail, Traffic Manager, KPT and representatives of PICT, QICT, KICT. The meeting was also attended by Mr. M. Akram Rajput, Vice President, FPCCI; Mr. Nouman Sheikh, Sr. Vice President, REAP; and representatives of PRGMEA, PLGMEA, PTA and Mr. Izharul Haq Qamar, Chairman, PIFFA.

The meeting discussed the issue in detail, where Dr. M. Usman, Director General, TDAP provided the backdrop of the issue, and Mr. Abuzar, Force Commander, ANF gave a detailed exposition of the issue explaining the nature of challenge, along with photographs of the instances where contraband was intercepted.

The trade representatives argued about the constraints they are facing in this regard despite not being involved in the malpractices. Mr. Asad Rafi Chandna, Director General, Ministry of Port and Shipping, Karachi was of the view that the nature of problem was well defined in the meeting, and the same could be progressed by the CE, TDAP by calling a meeting with CEOs/owners of the Container Terminal Operators with a view to discuss and devise the processes for handling of shipments at the ports.

It was decided to form a technical committee in TDAP with following members to prepare the processes, which are in line with international standards, about the handling of shipments at the Container Terminals:

Director General, Ministry of Port and Shipping, Karachi

CEOs/Owners of the Container Terminal Operators (QICT, KICT, PICT)

Chairman of PIFFA

Representative of ANF

Collectors Customs, Exports (Karachi Port and Port Qasim)

Representatives of KPT and PQA

Any other member to be co-opted

Above draft processes, before their adoption, will be discussed and approved by the meeting of all the stakeholders, as per the participation in today’s (December 9, 2015) meeting, with any addition where needed. Meeting of the committee to be called in the next week to progress the decision. In the last, Mr. S. M. Muneer, Chief Executive TDAP, thanked all the participants and meeting concluded on the positive note.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Farooque Memon
Director
Information and Communication Division
Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP)
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