KARACHI : FPCCI President Zubair Ahmed Malik has suggested to All Pakistan Customs Clearance Agents Association (APCCA), Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) and All Pakistan Bonded Carrier Association (APBCA) to call off their countrywide strike, which commenced from Tuesday, 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.

According to the statement, President FPCCI said that the strike would hamper the clearance of goods at ports and likely to result in demurrages on the consignments affecting the over all movement of goods across Pakistan.

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 Rs. 8 billion per day.

Zubair proposed that it would be in the national interest that instead of observing strike the concerned associations could negotiate their demands with the FBR across the table for a better settlement of their issues.