KARACHI - All Pakistan Shipping Association (APSA) has sent SOS to government to resolve the issue of ongoing strike by the goods transporters otherwise the vessels calling Karachi ports would be diverted by the shipping lines to other destinations.

In a statement the APSA has intimated the government to immediately resolve this issue and clear the ports congestion otherwise the shipping lines have threatened the stakeholders to divert their vessels calling Karachi ports to other destinations in the region. The APSA while showing great concern over the situation warned the government to seriously take up the issue as the country is facing irreparable loss of internal and external trade. Goods transporters strike has entered into 7th day and shipping industry is incurring big losses due to vessels calling Pakistani ports, paying heavy port and other dues  as there is no loading/discharging due to this strike besides creating heavy congestion in container terminals, as no outflow, is taking place.

All the shipping companies, shipping agents, cargo handling firms and all concerned along with APSA, appealed to the authorities concerned for early resolving this issue in order to avoid disrepute abroad.