September 24, 2021 (MLN): Abdul Razak Dawood, Adviser to PM for Commerce and Investment congratulated National Logistics Cell (NLC) for starting Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) operations for Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Taking to his Twitter handle, he said, “This is the beginning of a new era of ‘Connectivity through Trucking’ under MOC’s Silk Route Reconnect policy. It is a milestone in making Pakistan a Transit & Transshipment hub.”
“Many private companies are applying to get TIR permission & the Government assures full to them. It will attract investment & create opportunities for our logistics companies and allied services due to the flow of international trade traffic through Pakistan,” he tweeted.
The first consignment will leave Pakistan for Turkey and Azerbaijan today through Iran, the Advisor to PM on Commerce and Investment, Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, was apprised in a briefing at the Ministry of Commerce (MOC). This is a milestone for enhancing regional trade and connectivity and will complement the Silk Route Reconnect policy of MOC.
Pakistan shares borders with Iran and Afghanistan which are also TIR members. He was informed that NLC will initially start its transportation operations with Turkey and Azerbaijan. These will later be extended to other countries in the region.
Speaking at the occasion Mr. Dawood said, “This will create opportunities for Pakistan's services sector, especially the logistics companies, due to the international trade traffic which will utilise Pakistan's geographic access. It is the key to make Pakistan a Transit and Transshipment hub and will attract investment in Pakistan’s logistics sector and associated services.”
The NLC is the second operator in Pakistan, and the first in the public sector, to begin its operations under TIR. It will also be the first time that Pakistan’s trucks would move through Iran under TIR. Previously, goods had to be offloaded from Pakistan’s trucks and reloaded onto Iran’s trucks at the Taftan-Zahidan border.
The TIR is a highly secure international Customs transit system for goods international movement across frontiers of Member countries. It enables intermodal transportation with minimum interference hence facilitates the free flow of goods at competitive transport costs and with a minimal physical inspection of goods. The system is based on TIR Carnet which is a document issued under TIR for sealed road transport for each shipment enabling it to reach the destination country without a customs inspection.
The NLC was awarded the TIR license by the Pakistan National Authorization Committee (PNAC) of the International Transport Union (IRU), which administers the TIR Convention internationally.
The Advisor was informed that the NLC plans to undertake TIR operations to Turkey and Azerbaijan shortly and will be the leading TIR operator to undertake regional trade.
This will boost international trade and as well as bring end-to-end logistic services for the growth of the local industry in terms of creating new low-cost opportunities for the Pakistani business community in regional markets.
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