New trade point at Wahga to strengthen Pak-India ties

LAHORE: The Convener LCCI Standing Committee on Customs & Ports and former Vice President Aftab Ahmad Vohra has said that the decision to open another Pak-India trade route at Wahga was need of the hour and would further strengthen trade relations between the two countries.

While welcoming the decision, Aftab Ahmad Vohra said that opening up of other trade route is a step in right direction but it is very unfortunate that the National Logistic Cell officials did not bother to take the LCCI onboard.

Aftab Ahmad Vohra said that the existing trade route at Wagha was insufficient for regular and large-scale business because of Rangers parade held by both sides every day, exchange of delegations and general travellers.

He said that the issues like overcharging of imported goods, loading/unloading, warfare charges, storage charges and scanning charges are coming the way of two-way trade and these issues need to be hammered out by the NLC authorities. It is, therefore, demanded that an Apex body should immediately be formed, having LCCI, Customs, Fumigation/quarantine departments and NBP representatives in its fold, to monitor all the clearance related problems and charges.

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