Karachi, February 10, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Wahga Customs Station has been complete and would soon start functioning in order to facilitate trade with Pakistan. This was stated by High Commissioner of India, T.C. Raghavan. Addressing office bearers and members of Pakistan Readymade Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PTGMEA) and organizing committee of Made In Pakistan Expo 2014, Raghavan said that Customs Station on Indian side was under construction for quite sometimes but now completed and start examining goods at mass scale.
He said that India has not imposed any kind of ban on Pakistan’s truckloads of goods entering into India and at Wahga border their movement is continuing. Regarding non-tariff barriers (NTBs) he said that it was up to the governments that whatever it considers better for the country. He said that Pakistan’s exporters’ marketing in Indian market should be strong and more effective to enhance their market share in India.
He said that China in a very short period of time has captured $40 billion market in India and its trade is still growing. He said that Cement exporters should ask their buyers to contact private sector certification agencies to acquire certification as cement buyers are reluctant to come to Pakistan due to security reasons. He said that visa related problems would be resolved soon and the exhibitors taking part in Made In Pakistan Expo 2014 being held in Mumbai, India would be given visas on priority.
The Chairman PRGMEA (SZ), Arshad Aziz said on this occasion that over 70 per cent stalls have been booked for the event as the response for the mega event being held in April is overwhelming. He said that considering the response to the fair he extended this event to the manufacturers of other sectors besides textile and clothing.
He appealed to the High Commissioner to reduce tariff on Pakistan’s apparel as per SAFTA rules because Sri Lanka and Nepal are enjoying duty and tariff free regime on their garments in India. The stakeholders present on the occasion appealed to minimize the period of visa processing.
For more information, contact:
Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA)
18-A Shaheen View Building, Block-VI, P.E.C.H.S.,
Tel: +9221 3454 9073, +9221 3454 7912
Fax: +9221 3453 9669