ISLAMABAD - Promising improvements in exports, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan yesterday said Pakistan had not signed any trade agreement with India in last three years.

In reply to a question, he told National Assembly that during the meeting in January 2014, both Pakistan and India reaffirmed the commitment of their governments to expeditiously establish normal trading relations and provide non-discriminatory market access (NDMA) on a reciprocal basis. The implementation of the decision depends upon resumption of composite dialogue.

Khurram said during 2014-15 Pakistani exports to India were $358.29 million while imports were 1699.60 million dollar.

In 2013-14 the volume of exports was $408.365 while imports were $2049 million. In 2012-13, Pakistani exports were $327.496 million to India while imports stood at $1809.867.

He said as a result of concessions under GSP Plus Pakistan’s exports to EU increased from US$6.21 billion in 2013 to US$ 7.54 billion in 2014 registering an increase of US$ 1.32 billion (21 percent).

Exports of textiles, footwear and leather showed a growth of 23 percent, 30 percent and 10 percent respectively, the minister said.

“Efforts to enhance trade with Thailand have shown positive results. Our exports rose from US$ 112 million in 2013-14 to US$ l25 million in 2014-15.”

The signing of PTA with Indonesia also borne fruits as exports to Jakarta increased from 123 million in 2013-14 to US$143 in 2014-15.

Pakistan continues to maintain export levels in Malaysia. There was a slight decline of US$ 10 million in 2014-15 as compared to the previous year, which can be attributed to increasing competition with ASEAN partners.

Since 2011 Pakistan’s exports to Australia have been hovering around US$ 160 -170 million. There was a sharp increase in 2013 to the tune of US$ 261 million as a result of unprecedented rise in exports of home textile products during the same year. However, competition from India and ASEAN has again reversed this trend and exports declined to US$160 million in 2014-15.

Both Pakistan and Japan are member of World Trade Organisation and has accorded most-favoured nation (MFN) treatment to each other. Due to this MFN treatment, Pakistan has market access to Japan like other member countries of WTO. In 2014, Pakistani exports to Japan were US$ 193.92 million.

He said the number of accredited Pakistani slaughter houses increased by 50 percent since 2013. Recently, 12 Pakistani meat processing and slaughter houses have been approved by the UAE for exporting goods to Emirates.

Export of beef increased by 24 percent to US$ 43.61 million in 2014-15 from US$ 35.1 million in financial year 2012-13. He said due to persistent efforts of the Pakistan government, ban on export of Pakistani poultry to UAE will be lifted shortly.

Health clearance certificate on behalf of Ministry of National Food Security and Research has been submitted to the UAE authorities, he concluded.