Peshawar: The Ministry of Railways (MoR) and the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) have decided to work together to fully operationalize the Azakhel dry port in order to enhance exports and facilitate Pak-Afghan transit trade.
According to a news statement published here on Monday, the agreement was made during a meeting between Federal Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati and a delegation of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led by its president Hasnain Khurshid Ahamd, at the Ministry of Railways Islamabad.
During the meeting, the SCCI chief stated that the FBR is willing to allow cross-stuffing of transit products at the Karachi and Azakhel ports, but that the Ministry of Railways must provide its approval because transit goods will be put in single truck bonded carriers.
He stated that KP exports things such as furniture, minerals, marbles, matches, and honey, among others, but that exporters were having significant difficulties due to the lack of bonded carriers in Peshawar to transport the exports goods to Karachi port for onward destinations.
The president of the SCCI submitted a five-point agenda for facilitating Pak-Afghan transit commerce through the dry port and resolving exporter difficulties, which the minister directed to be implemented as soon as possible.