KARACHI  - The strike by goods transporters created a massive hindrance in the export activities, business community has appealed the President and Prime Minister to resolve genuine demands of transporters.

Due to strike of goods transporters around 16,000 containers have been re piled up and it appeared to be a conspiracy against the export activities of Pakistan.

All Karachi Industrial Alliance President Mian Zahid Hussain said that if strike is not withdrawn on emergent basis then due to coming holiday of Muharam, the economy of the country would suffer loss to the extent of Rs50b. Zahid said that we are also facing challenges due to circular debt, law & order and energy crisis and we cannot afford any more strike of goods transporters.

APTMA has urged the government to hold negotiations with the representatives of goods’ transporters as an indefinite strike by them has resulted into losses of $36 million per day of foreign exchange.

The Central Chairman APTMA Yasin Siddik said that why government is sitting idle as the strike has entered in to sixth day causing total halt in transporting export bound cargoes for shipment. Lasbela Chamber President Ismaiel Suttar said that this inaction on the part of the relevant authorities is causing irreparable loss to the national economy and Pakistan is losing precious export orders.  Korangi Association of Trade and Industry Patron-in-Chief SM Muneer said that hundreds of containers are lying at Karachi ports having rice, textile goods, leather, fruits, vegetable and readymade garments worth billions of rupees waiting for the action of the government for the last six days.

He said that on one hand our external debt is piling up day by day and on other hand export activities are facing difficulties and export orders of Pakistani products can be jeopardised if situation continues and it appears that exports would halt completely.

KATI President Syed Farukh Mazhar said that how could we get benefit for GSP Plus when the country is facing hurdles in export activities and the business community is in deep trouble as neither finished goods could be transferred to the factories nor raw material could be reached to the industries for further production.

Farukh said that exporters are unable to complete the export orders due to delay in shipments and also compelled to pay heavy demurrage due to non-clearance of shipments.