Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association shows concern over customs’ agents strike

Karachi, September 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Chairman Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) South Zone, Shaikh Shafiq Rafiq has shown his sheer concern over the strike called by All Pakistan Customs Clearance Agents Association (APCCA), Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) and All Pakistan Bonded Carrier Association (APBCA) to call off their country-wide strike commenced from today for an indefinite period against the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) move of issuing recovery notices to customs agents and bonded carriers in International Security Assistance Force’s (ISAF) for missing containers scam.

PRGMEA Chief said that the strike would massively affect the clearance of goods at ports and result in demurrages on the consignments effecting the overall movement of goods across the country.

He further lamented that more than 1,200 imports and 800 exports Goods Declarations (GDs) at Karachi and Bin Qasim Ports on daily basis would come to a standstill with this strike which will affect the timely shipment of goods and their clearance at ports which would result in a shortfall to the tune of Rs8 billion per day. He said that the strike would hamper garments sector massively as all the shipments would be jeopardized export orders may be cancelled by the foreign buyers.

He called upon the government and striking associations to resolve the issue through talks and not to disturb already worried export sector.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA)
18-A Shaheen View Building, Block-VI, P.E.C.H.S.,
Shahra-e-Faisal
Karachi-75400, Pakistan
Tel: +9221 3454 9073, +9221 3454 7912
Fax: +9221 3453 9669
Email: info@prgmea.org
Web: www.prgmea.org

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