Union of Small and Medium Enterprises urges Ministry of Commerce to inform customs of Quality Review Committee disbandment immediately

Karachi, August 04, 2015 (PPI-OT):The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) whilst appreciating the disbandment of the Quality Review Committee (QRC) by the Ministry of Commerce (MINCOM) has urged the ministry and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to inform the Customs immediately not to demand QRC certificate from basmati rice exporters in view of the disbandment of the committee.

President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) has taken up the matter immediately after the closure/disbandment of QRC and problems being faced by REAP members at Karachi Port with MINCOM and requested them to take immediate measures for clearance of rice containers stuck up at Karachi Port.

REAP has also requested MINCOM to issue Public Notice for awareness of general public and for the information of the concerned departments. Thaver regretted that MINCOM and TDAP should have informed the Customs simultaneously and could have avoided this predicament. Also REAP should have anticipated this awkward situation and requested MINCOM in good time when termination notice was served on the QRC staff and the decision to disband was made by MINCOM and TDAP.

The SME basmati rice exporters have sought immediate notice of disbandment of QRC to the Customs and related departments to enable movement of rice cargo immediately to avoid delay in shipments and meeting deadline of contracts.

It is very unfortunate that even in days of advanced communications there is lack of co-ordination amongst the state organizations and in the bargain the business community suffers. Even the policy gazettes reach the concerned organizations late. A system needs to be developed whereby the policy decisions are conveyed immediately online to the concerned.

For more information, contact:
Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME)
75/1 3rd Commercial Street,
Phase IV, D.H.A., Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35884225-6
Fax: +92-21-35380642
Cell: +92-300-8245307, +92-321-8245307
Email: unisame@gmail.com