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.

Govt’s negligence compels

transporters to go on strike

Our staff reporter adds: SITE Association of Industry Chairman Dr Arshad A Vohra said that the ignorance of the authorities to take cognizance of the prevailing issues of Goods Transporters compelled them to go on indefinite strike.

In a press statement issued here on Tuesday, he said the authorities concerned if wished that industries should run, they must take necessary measures to resolve the issues before the stakeholders go on strike.

Vohra demanded the government to intervene immediately and settle the standoff otherwise things may get out of hands. He said that the strike was detrimental for the economy and the standoff should not be prolonged. He said the importers and exporters faced serious problems in December when a similar strike brought the whole country to a standstill. The chairman urged the government to resolve the situation immediately as traders, business community and importers and exporters were also concerned because the 13-day strike episode in December caused colossal financial losses to them.

The goods transporters strike would completely halt the export activities besides damaging the industrial manufacturing capacity. Textile export orders worth billions of rupees feared to be lost.

He warned that huge foreign orders would be cancelled due to the strike and this would not only result in huge losses to the exporters but also to the national exchequer.  If the strike prolongs further, this would lead to great loss to the exporters, fearing cancellation of vital orders, they warned.

All textile chain was facing immense problems and economic activities came to a halt in export sector, they said. The goods transport carriers strike would cease business activities as the goods are not reaching the ports, they added.

He stressed the government to take immediate notice of the issues of Goods Transporters and resolve their genuine problems to avoid further disaster to the industries of SITE as well as economy of the country.