Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry to extend full support to Customs Clearing Agents to make Lahore Dry Port profitable

Lahore, October 29, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has agreed to extend full support to Customs Clearing Agents to make the Lahore Dry Port profitable again. The LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari, Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah and Vice President Kashif Anwar were talking to a delegation of Lahore Customs Agents Association led by Muhammad Amjad Chaudhry. LCCI former President Muhammad Ali Mian, President of Custom Clearing Agents Association Agha Iftikhar and SVP Ch Abdul Sattar Gujar also spoke on the occasion.

“The LCCI would not let the Lahore Dry Port die in loss and would be utilizing all its energies to put it back to business in the larger interests of 4000 families attached with this dry port.” The LCCI office-bearers said that economic turnaround is directly linked to ease of doing business and the government would have to put in place a consultative economic policy framework for creation of conducive business environment.

They said that complex tax procedures and bureaucratic hurdles had badly affected ease of doing business scenario that needs to be improved in the larger interests of the economy. “We are fast identifying issues ailing the economy other than the ongoing shortage of electricity and gas.

These challenges along with their comprehensive short-term and long-term solutions would be sent to all the concerned departments including Ministries of Commerce and Finance, Federal Board of Revenue and the State Bank of Pakistan.” The LCCI office-bearers said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry was constant contact with almost heads of all the government departments to find out their plans for the economic well being of the country.

They also expressed the resolve to take up the issues of Customs Clearing Agents with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to ensure smooth functioning at all ports. The LCCI office-bearers said that they were well aware of the fact that Customs Clearing Agents were facing multiple challenges and would be putting their best efforts to get them resolved at the earliest.

The LCCI President, on the occasion, briefed the visiting delegation on his meeting with the Governor Punjab wherein the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry was given an unequivocal assurance of full cooperation and support.

Engineer Sohail Lashari said, “We are least interested in seeking any kind of concessions or incentives from the government rather we want hand-holding to get out of economic mire that have taken hostage the entire economy. Earlier, the leader of the delegation Chaudhry Muhammad Amjad congratulated the LCCI office-bearers and sought their help to operationalise Lahore Dry Port that has dormant because of non arrival of freight trains.

Ch Amjad informed the LCCI office-bearers that there was a time when 70 to 100 freight trains were used to arrive at Lahore Dry Port and giving a huge revenue to the government but today the situation is totally otherwise as some people having vested interests wanted to fail this model dry port. He urged the LCCI office-bearers to invite Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique to the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and discuss with him this important issue of national importance.

For more information, contact:
Shahid Khalil
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
11-Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat,
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +9242 111 222 499
Fax: +92 42 636 8854

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