Islamabad, 26 February 2020 – Mudasser Chudhary:
After implementing a ban on imports from China to prevent an endemic of coronavirus in Pakistan, the government is thinking about meeting the want for raw cloth from Thailand and other countries.
The trade ministry has set up a tracking cell to prevent the epidemic from accomplishing the country.
According to a statement, the ministry is continuously in contact with customs officials at ports, importers and exporters to make certain that the virus does not reach the country.
A ban on imports from China has resulted in an imposition of “unfair” demurrages on importers whose products is awaiting clearance at Pakistani ports.
They have advised the government to introduce a special coverage for notable situations like this.
“Many importers have said that their consignments from China had been put on maintain at ports if you want to prevent the outbreak of deadly coronavirus in Pakistan,” Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan, the president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), said in a assertion issued on Monday.
He mentioned that many files pertaining to import consignments had now not been received by means of relevant importers, which made it not possible for them to satisfy the documentation requirement timely for the clearance of imported goods.
Hence, their consignments had remained caught at ports due to which additional demurrage and detention prices were piling up, he highlighted.
“We fully understand the sensitivity of the issue and aid authorities’s actions to save Pakistan from COVID-19 however importers should not be penalised,” he said. “The authorities must provide comfort to the perturbed traders by waiving demurrage and detention fees.”
The KCCI president asked the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Federal Board of Revenue and State Bank of Pakistan to plot a unique policy to keep the importers from heavy losses on the import of goods and commodities.
Khan urged applicable authorities to trouble a notification to forestall port government and terminal operators from implementing demurrage and detention fees on those consignments which had already reached Pakistan from China however awaited clearance.
“Any demurrage or detention expenses already implemented to such consignments should right now be waived, so as to genuinely be extensively welcomed by using the commercial enterprise network,” he introduced.
He underlined that out of the annual bilateral alternate of around $12 billion, items really worth $6 billion have been transacted to date and the $12-billion mark might now not be achieved within the present day economic year because of the entire suspension of change among the two nations.
“The outbreak of coronavirus is an opportunity for the neighborhood industry due to the fact we should inspect the possibility of what we are able to produce on our personal which was being imported from China prior to the suspension of exchange,” he introduced.
The KCCI president confused that the lethal virus had been spreading unexpectedly round the sector and had reached countries bordering Pakistan, therefore, the government would have to provoke stringent measures to store Pakistan from the epidemic.
He was hoping that the relevant departments might realise gravity of the scenario and alleviation could soon be supplied to the importers.