SCCI hails setting up Pakistan Land Port Authority

23 May 2021

PESHAWAR: The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has appreciated the government for setting up a proposed Pakistan's Land Port Authority (PLPA) and making proper consultation with the business community and relevant stakeholders in this regard.

It was hoped that the government’s initiative would discourage illegal trade and remove hurdles in the way of bilateral and transit trade with Afghanistan as well as Central Asian Republic countries, besides it would also facilitate the business community, including exporters and importers by better functioning of affairs at border regions.

This was stated by SCCI Senior Vice President, Engineer Mansoor Elahi while addressing at a meeting regarding the proposed Pakistan's Land Port Authority (PLPA) here at the Customs house on Saturday.  

Faiq Muhammad Faizi, former president of the chamber, former SCCI SVP Ziaul Haq Sarhadi, PAJCCI Senior Vice president Khalid Shahzad, Chairman SCCI Land Route Standing Committee Imtiaz Ahmed Ali, importers and exporters along with Collector Customs Appraisement Muhammad Saleem, Collector Customs Preventive Kamran Malik, Additional Collector Torkham, Adnan Iqbal Swati, DC Headquarter Shahzad, representatives and high officials from ADB Mr. Peter, team leader Muhammad Nazim Saleem , Deputy team leader Syed Habeeb Ullah , ANF, FIA, Customs and Border Managements were present in the meeting.

The meeting was told that the Pakistan’s Land Port Authority (PLPA) is going to be established in support of the Asian Development Bank, aimed at modernizing the external border of Pakistan.

The officials while addressing on the occasion say the step would ensure the effective timely and efficient movement of goods, people and vehicles across its international border or facilitate trade at an inland location with a view to relieving traffic infrastructure of congestion and help increase efficiencies related to international trade and logistics.  

Participants of the meeting hoped that the government’s initiative can boost economic growth and investment and create vast job opportunities, besides improved exports performance and regional connectivity.

Similarly, they said the PLPA would help to cut trade costs, ensure trade facilitation and create a conducive business environment, as well as enhancing automation.

Mansoor Elahi has lauded the government’s move to set up a Pakistan Land Port Authority. He stressed the need of bolstering trade and transit with Afghanistan, especially exports with central Asian Republic Countries.  

In this regard, he revealed that the SCCI has presented its proposals to the federal government, if it would implement with letter and spirit, so the trade and exports can be increased with Afghanistan and regional countries that would further stabilize the local economy, and improve the country’s export.

He emphasized that Pakistan should sign free trade agreements with regional countries and establish business to business contacts and take benefits from each other's experiences.