KARACHI – Local Goods Transporters have welcomed the grant of GSP Plus status by the European Union (EU), and applauded the efforts of the Nawaz-led government for achieving the highly coveted GSP Plus status.
Mr. Naseem Ahmed Khan, Chairman and the leader of Goods Transporters Association of Pakistan, said that besides multiplying the total exports from 1 to 1.5 billion dollars each year, granting of GSP+ status will, also, result into mitigating existing unemployment ratio in the country. “Now we are able to market our textile products in the European region at very competitive prices, as this premium GSP+ status enables us to legally avoid paying 3 to 10% extra duties on exports, which was previously being enjoyed by the Asian countries like Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sri Lanka”, Naseem Ahmed Khan said.
In his recent statement, the Chairman Goods Transporters Association of Pakistan also urged local goods transporters to end the trend of staging day-to-day strikes, as in this critical economic conditions such token strikes cause greater losses to the existing economic growth and progress. “We must see beyond ourselves, and act like responsible citizens and traders accordingly”, Mr. Khan urged.
Chairman Goods Transporters Association of Pakistan, also, requested the government to confer an industry status to goods transportations, as this sector has the potential to become the 3rd largest industry of the country, followed by the agriculture and textile sectors.
“This is the crucial geo-strategic location of Pakistan in this region that may help this sector become the top employment resource for the hundreds and thousands of the unemployed people living in this country. If run scientifically, the goods transports’ sector will not only multiply our total exports to manifolds, but will also help in minimizing the mounting expenditures over the import of various items and goods from the rest of the world”, Naseem Ahmed Khan, Chairman Goods Transporters Association of Pakistan added.