With the intervention of the government, major issues related to mango exports have been resolved, making it easier to achieve the current season’s export target of 80,000 metric tonnes.
The federal government, according to exporters, has opened the country’s borders with Afghanistan and Iran for exporting mangoes and vegetables, giving preference to the trucks carrying these perishable products. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) also announced concessional airfreight charges for mango exporters, they informed.
According to the sources, during a recent parliamentary committee meeting, burning issues like mango exports via land route via Pak-Iran borders and high air freight charges by the national carrier were effectively highlighted.
In the aftermath of coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns, the meeting heard of the plight of exports and farmers. It was reported that consignments worth millions of dollars worth of mango exports were going to waste due to excessive delays in the opening of borders.
Additionally, PM Trade and Investment Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood announced on Thursday that the Iranian Ministry of Agriculture and the Plant Protection Department of Pakistan have worked together to recognize and have approved six more Pakistani companies to export mangoes to Iran.
On Twitter, he wrote, “The Iranian Consulate in Quetta has confirmed that they are going to certify documents for at least 30 mango shipments a day. After SOPs for Covid-19 prevention, Iranian trucks will take Pakistani mangoes to Iran from the border.”
Extracted from City42 News