LAHORE - Pakistani importers of Indian cotton have lodged complaints about the unfair trade practices on the Indian side of Wagha border. The cotton importers have pointed out that there is an abnormal weight loss of about 20kg per bale imported from India. In normal trade practice, a weight variation of one to five kg per bale is acceptable due to the drying up of moisture contents.

“The Indian shippers have also admitted in their emails the phenomenon of abnormal weight variation, pointing fingers towards elements repressing cotton bales at the Wagha border of India.” Pakistan is importing a substantial amount of cotton bales from India through Wagha border every year and there is an immediate need of looking into the matter by the Indian authorities. Chairman APTMA Punjab SM Tanveer said that such an unfair trade practices on the side of India border may hit hard to the trade normalization efforts of two respective governments. He urged the Indian Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Textile Industry and Cotton Export Corporation India to ensure strict vigilance on India side of Wagha border to strengthen trade confidence building measures (CBMs) in the larger interest of trade relations of Pakistan and India.