Flood relief goods zero-rated at ports, terminals

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KARACHI : The government of Pakistan has waived all sorts of port tariffs on flood relief goods to be dispatched by international donors from across the globe. According to the Minister for Ports and Shipping, Babar Khan Ghauri, all relief goods to be flowing into the country through its ports, KPT, PQA and Gwadar Port, and container terminals, PICT, KICT and QICT, would be free of charges, initially for 120 days.Also, the minister said, his office would soon be asking the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Pakistan Customs for relaxing their respective duties at the ports. This was decided in a meeting at the ministry s office, Ghauri added. He was addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Monday.He was flanked by D-G Ports and Shipping Hassan Zaidi, KPT Chairperson Nasreen Haque, PQA Chairman Vice Admiral (Retd) Muhammad Shafi, managing directors of PICT, KICT and QICT Captain Zafar Awan, Anjum Sajjad and Changez Niazi, Chairperson Pakistan Ship Agents Association Ava Cowasjee, ex-Chairman PSAA Muhammad A. Rajpar and Chairman Pakistan International Fright Forwarders Association Tariq M Chaudhry.In this regard, he said, the director general, ports and shipping, would be issuing certificates to ensure transparency. The minister said the ports and shipping industry would replicate the same spirit it had shown after the devastating earthquake of October 2005.He said many of the overseas Pakistanis had shared with him that they were facing the only problem of port tariffs in sending their contribution for the flood affectees. The move was meant to exempt the relief consignments from port charges like that of wharfage, storage and cess of the Karachi Dock Labour Board.The terminal operators would not take charges on storage and Receiving and Delivery (R&D). The shipping lines would not take freight on the mostly containerised relief cargo, while the freight forwarders would provide free of cost logistic services.

Courtesy : Business Recorder

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