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ACCI wants traders to boycott Karachi port

ACCI wants traders to boycott Karachi port

Jan 22, 2013 - 20:49

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Tuesday asked Afghan businessmen to avoid exports and imports through Pakistaninfo-icon's Karachi sea port.

The traders' body also made an appeal to the government to suspend a reciprocal concession to Pakistani trucks to carry goods without duty to Central Asian states under the transit trade agreement.

"Pakistan has signed an agreement with Tajikistan on the import of 30,000 tonnes of sugar. The government should not allow the imports through Afghanistan until the neighbouring country addresses the problems of Afghan traders at the Karachi port," ACCI deputy chief executive Khan Jan Alokozai told a press conference in Kabul.

Alokozai claimed 3,000 containers carrying goods of Afghan traders had been stuck at the Karachi port over the past 70 days, with Afghans paying $200 in service charges daily.

He added the traders had incurred $60,0000 losses so far due to the blockade that Alokozai alleged had enabled the Pakistanis to steal Afghan goods from the containers.

Alokozai also accused Pakistan of creating hurdles to Afghan traders shipping their goods from Karachi to the Torkham border crossing.

The Pakistanis were approached time and again to address the problems, but they were yet to take measures, he continued.

"The Pakistanis use various excuses to keep our demands unmet," alleged the trader representative, who claimed officials at the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries had refused to accept his call for an immediate ban on the entry of Pakistani trucks to Afghanistan for their onward journey to Central Asian states. "I held talks with them today but returned empty-handed," Alokozai said of his talks with the officials.


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