Commissioner’s role sought to end transporters strike


KARACHI: The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has urged Shoaib Siddiqui Commissioner Karachi to summon the representatives of transporters and resolve the issues urgently as the transporters strike has disabled trade causing huge losses to the economy.

President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver the strike has badly affected the imports, exports and local trade and has completely paralyzed logistics. The SME units are completely out of gear and imported raw material cannot be cleared from the ports and export cargo which is to be dispatched to the ports for shipment within the period of the contract will become frustrated cargo causing huge losses he lamented.

He called upon the commissioner Karachi to immediately summon the representatives of the transporters and negotiate with them and if their demands are unfair to invite the National Logistics Cell (NLC) to provide emergency transport facilities to those units whose letter of credits are expiring shortly and also facilitate those units whose import cargo is urgently required to prevent closure of units.

Thaver urged the commissioner Karachi to examine the demands of the transporters and negotiate with them on the basis of equity and fairness and accommodate their just demands in the best interest of trade.

The business community is suffering due to closure of transport facilities and it will take a long time to put production schedules and reschedule dispatches to and from the port and in some cases the losses will be irreparable due to loss of customers as some left over and late ordered goods shipments have to be made urgently because of the urgent Christmas demands from overseas markets.

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