Mr. Tariq Haleem, Chairman, FPCCI Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping arranged a well-represented meeting of the stakeholders of trade and industry viz importers, customs authorities, Customs agents, KPT, Shipping agents and carrier’s representatives at FPCCI Head Office, Karachi which was presided over by Mr. Zubair Tufail, President, FPCCI. Mr. Saifuddin Junejo, Collector Customs Preventive was also present. The participant’s inter-alia discussed port congestion charges, recently levied by the shipping lines / carriers.
After in-depth discussions the following recommendations were made:
1. Karachi Port Trust is already working on rationalization of tariff and would invite the lines representatives to present their point of view before the KPT administration in connection with port charges.
2. Matter of long idling containers was thoroughly discussed whereby about 11,000 units are lying uncleared at terminals therefore, the customs authorities would look into this matter and will be coming up with their concrete solutions to address / resolve the long outstanding matter.
3. KPT and FPCCI firmly believe and ensure all the shipping agents and carriers that all the above matters will be dealt in the best interest of all the stakeholders and requested all the shipping agents / carriers to convey the message to their respective Principals to defer the implementation of the Port congestion surcharge as it has become main point of dissent. Also the congestion situation has been normalized and no congestion is currently witnessed at Karachi Port / terminals, especially in view of operationalization of SAPTL deep draft terminal. Moreover, FPCCI being the apex body has assured to assist and make sure that the above issues would be addressed expeditiously and further assured all shipping agents / carriers of its full support and cooperation at all times.