ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR (APP) - Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Friday urged the government for taking on board before finalizing the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (ATTA). In a statement Zahid Maqbool President ICCI asked for taking all possible measures to save the roads infrastructure from devastating effects as the containers and trucks usually carry very heavy loads. He was of the view that allowing them direct access will harm the roads infrastructure as our roads and motorways are not sustainable for such heavy transport. He stressed the need to import only those items which are required in Afghanistan adding that many items are imported under transit trade which dont have much need in that market and ultimately they land in Pakistani markets. Citing an example, he said roughly 0.2 million tons edible oil is transported to Afghanistan on monthly basis, which is more than its actual requirement and all this is then smuggled back to Pakistan . Zahid Maqbool said that Afghan government has imposed 18 per cent custom duty on Pakistani products besides erecting many non- tariff barriers to discourage Pakistani exports. Contrary to this, Afghanistan has extended maximum favor to Indian goods by lowering the custom duty at zero per cent besides giving 50 per cent concessions to the freight charges for all the Indian exports reaching the Chambers seaport. He said Pakistan should ask Afghanistan for extension of similar concessions to its exports. ICCI President urged for concrete steps to discourage smuggling from Afghanistan including linking the existing Afghan imports with LCs and bank guarantee. He called for compulsory licensing for Afghan imports, placing quantitative restrictions on them, maintaining increased sensitive list of items and equalization of customs tariff on items imported by Afghan importers under the transit facility. Meanwhile, the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) has rejected the new Afghan Transit Trade Agreement and expressed concern through passing a unanimous resolution against allowing accesses to Afghan trucks to Karachi seaport and Wagha border. The resolution was moved by the member executive FPCCI, Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi in a meeting held here in the Zonal Office with Sultan Chawla in the chair. Those who attended were included vice president FPCCI, Ghazanfar Bilour, vice president, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KPCCI), Faiz Mohammad Faizi, Zahidullah Shinwari, president, Chaman Chamber, Haji Kamaluddin Kakar, vice president FPCCI, Daro Khan and members of the executive committee. Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi apprised the executive committee of FPCCI regarding the reservations of the business community on the new Afghan Transit Trade Agreement and said that the access of Afghan trucks to Karachi port and Waga border will inflict a loss of Rs.3 billion on Pakistan Railways and will render more than 10,000 transporters, clearing, shipping and border agents jobless. He said that Pakistan Railways was already facing a loss of Rs.40 billion and this agreement will further increase its losses. On this occasion, a women executive member, Anila Iftikhar proposed giving call for a national-wide strike. The committee adopted the resolution of Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi unanimously. President, FPCCI, Sultan Chawla announced constituting a committee for getting the apprehensions and reservations of the business community over the agreement. Addressing the meeting, member executive FPCCI, Zahidullah Shinwari said that the new Afghan Transit Trade will hit the national interest and will inflict irreparable losses to the national economy.