PRGMEA shows concern over customs’ agents strike

September 11, 2013 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Chairman Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association PRGMEA South Zone, Shaikh Shafiq Rafiq, has shown his grave concern over the strike called by All Pakistan Customs Clearance Agents Association APCCA, Karachi Customs Agents Association KCAA and All Pakistan Bonded Carrier Association APBCA, urging them to call off their countrywide strike for an indefinite period against the Federal Board of Revenue’s FBR move of issuing recovery notices to customs agents and bonded carriers in International Security Assistance Force’s ISAF for missing containers scam.

PRGMEA Chief said that the strike would massively affect the clearance of goods at ports and result in demurrages on the consignments effecting the overall movement of goods across the country. He further lamented that more than 1,200 imports and 800 exports Goods Declarations GDs at Karachi and Bin Qasim Ports on daily basis would come to a standstill with this strike which will affect the timely shipment of goods and their clearance at ports which would result in a shortfall to the tune of Rs8 billion per day.

He said that the strike would hamper garments sector massively as all the shipments would be jeopardized export orders may be cancelled by the foreign buyers.

He called upon the government and striking associations to resolve the issue through talks and not to disturb already worried export sector.