SIALKOT/GUJRANWALA

A total of 56 vehicles and containers carrying export goods from Sialkot have got stuck at different places due to the week-long strike by the goods transporters, regretted the All Pakistan Dry Ports Association chairman.

“The situation is causing inordinate delay in the dispatch of these export consignments to the foreign destinations, and may cause a financial loss of millions of dollars to the Sialkot exporters,” said Muhammad Ishaq Butt, expressing grave concern over the ongoing strike.

Talking to newsmen at his Sialkot office, he revealed that the exporters were already under-pressure due to continuously increasing cost of doing business and due to energy outages, and facing difficulties to compete at the international level. Such incidents would further add to their problems and ultimately affect exports, he said.

Butt added that it was unfortunate that no attempt had so far been made by the government for negotiation with the transporters to resolve the issue. “Pakistan will face serious economic setback if the situation persists. The exporters will face huge losses in case the export orders are cancelled,” he warned.

Exports orders worth billions of rupees are at stake due the ongoing strike of goods’ transporters, he said. He urged the government to take immediate steps to resolve the issue in order to avoid serious economic disaster. He also asked the Sindh chief minister, minister of commerce, and other authorities concerned to intervene and persuade the transporters to call off their strike.

Likewise, the Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce and Industry flayed the goods transporters’ strike which has brought export activities to a halt. The GCCI office-bearers appealed to the government to accept the reasonable demands of the transporters at earliest to avoid further losses to the economy.

“The strike is causing irreparable loss to the national economy and Pakistan is losing precious export orders. The transportation of all kinds of goods within the country has also been suspended,” they said and added that the strike has entered sixth day.

“The business community is in trouble as neither prepared goods could be transferred to the factories nor raw material could be brought to industries for further production.” They urged the government to take an action for resolution of the issue at the earliest.