KARACHI - After a marathon meeting, the Chairman Karachi Port Trust, Jawed Hanif Khan amicably resolved the dispute between Pakistan Ship Agent Association and the transporters over the levy of charges.

This was stated by the spokesman of the KPT here on Tuesday. He said in view of emerging dispute between the shipping companies and the transporters, a meeting was called by the chairman KPT at the head office on Monday evening. The meeting was attended by Pakistan Ship Agent Association members and transporters, apart from the operations team of Karachi Port Trust.

The spokesman said that the purpose of the meeting was to resolve the dispute and the efforts of KPT led by Chairman KPT paved way for it after a long meeting.

He said that it was decided among the participants of the meeting that from February 6 onward Pakistan Ship Agent Association members will start collection of empty Lading Order/Lading Order (LO/LO) charges at their offices and no cash transaction will be carried over by transporters at the terminals.

With regards to the export empty LO/LO charges, it was discussed and demanded that LO/LO charges will be taken by the shipping companies at the time of issuance of Bill of Lading.  The shipping agent representatives were of the opinion that they require proper authorization from their members and for this matter they opined with confidence that the matter can be resolved. Moreover, it was decided that the understanding reached here will be applicable on fresh import/export containers from February 6.

The participants of the meeting chaired by Chairman KPT Jawed Hanif Khan were Vice President Shakil Ahmed and Zubair Tufail from FPCCI, President Haroon Aman and Younus Soomro from KCCI, Chairman TGA Haji Anwar Soomro attended along with his team comprising Madad Khan, Muhammad Hussain and Akber Khan, President Khalid Khan, Senior Vice President Malak Sher Khan and General Secretary Shoailb Khan from KGCA, President Saifullah Khan and ex-General Secretary Wasiq Hussain Khan from KCAA, Chairperson Pakistan Shipping Agents Association (PSAA) Ava A Cowasjee along with her team members Bilalur Rehman and Asim Saeed Khan from PSAA and ADC Customs besides KPT Operations Team headed by General Manager Operations Rear Admiral (r) Azhar Hayat, Deputy General Manager Operations Shamim Ahmed Shirazi and Traffic Manager Niaz Ali Jessar.