Islamabad: Amjad Rafi, Chairman of the Pakistan-Turkey Joint Business Council of the FPCCI, has praised the establishment of a direct land route to Turkey for commerce.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, he acknowledged the efforts of the National Logistics Cell (NLC), which materialized, and a Transports Internationaux Routiers (International Road Transports) license/permit was issued for the route for the transportation of goods from Pakistan to Turkey.

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According to the top company executive, this would save not just time but also freight, as shipping companies were charging five times as much.

He stated it had been a long time since PTJBC had made a “suggestion” in all Joint meetings and other relevant venues. If this route is successful, Central Asian nations on one side and Europe on the other will be easily accessible in the long term.

The Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad road corridor was set to be reactivated by NLC in the final week of this month, with the first commercial run delivering high-value items from Pakistan to Turkey. The NLC began delivering high-value items from Islamabad to Istambul through Taftan, Zahidan, and Tehran in 40-foot containers on three trailers.

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To ensure safe delivery to receivers, the high-value items were securely packaged and sealed, and transferred from one location to another through containers.

Textile-related equipment, raw materials, electronics, plastic, household items, computers, home appliances, non-perishable food, dried fruit, furniture, and carpets were among the items on the list. He claimed that, compared to a one-month shipping period, the shipment would arrive in Turkey or vice versa in ten days via the land route. Both exporters and importers would benefit from the service.

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