LAHORE – The Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan has said that exporters are making their full efforts to improve exports but due to the prevailing strike of goods transporters they are facing serious problems.

REAP Chairman Jawed Ali Ghori and Vice Chairman Ch Samee Ullah said that rice shipments are ready to be exported but due to strike of truckers they cannot transfer their goods to the ports and their shipments are getting delayed, which is causing huge financial losses to the rice exporters, beside damaging the image of Pakistan for not fulfilling the commitments.

The Reap leaders said that fresh crop arrival from interior Sindh has already been commenced but its movement is not possible because of the existing situation. Moreover, growers are also very disturbed with the situation as there are no proper arrangements for storage of paddy due to which the quality of rice will also be affected, they added.

They said that overall trade situation is not favorable in the country due to so many hurdles, like energy and power crisis, loadshedding problems, taxation issues and law & order.

Jawed Ali Ghori and Ch Samee Ullah appealed the government of Sindh to intervene and play their role for resolving the matters, so that trade activities may be restored.