KARACHI: Shabbir Mansha Churra, Convener of central standing committee on Customs of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) has strongly protested against the continuous delay tactics in the grounding of containers for examination at Port Qasim by terminal operators.
He requested the Collector Customs to take notice and strictly issue the directives to the terminal operators to ground the imported containers as soon as possible so that importers can be saved from heavy financial losses in terms of Demurrage & Detention Charges.
By drawing immediate attention towards the issue regarding a delay in the grounding of containers at the terminal, he said we have been informed by our member’s association that traders are facing unnecessary delays in the clearance of their consignments especially at KICTL & QICTL due to delay in the grounding of containers marked for the examination.
“It has been observed that after a month or two, traders are facing backlog trouble at container terminals and nowadays a huge backlog of the containers is started which is increasing day by day and still there is a backlog of 6 to 9 days”, Mansha pointed out.
Shabbir Churra requested to Collector of Customs (A-South) to look into this matter on priority basis and immediate action may kindly be taken in order to make necessary arrangements for timely grounding of containers and till the clearance of all backlog the terminal operators should compensate the amount of shipping container rent which is no doubt occurring due to fault of terminal.