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Pakistan ‘optimistic’ of UAE lifting ban on fresh meat import

The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) has said it is “optimistic” that Islamabad and Abu Dhabi will find an “amicable resolution” on the “resumption of fresh chilled meat exports from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates”.

In a statement issued on Thursday, TDAP said that it is “actively addressing the recent ban imposed” by UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment on the export of fresh chilled meat by sea from Pakistan.

The authority said that the “initial investigations” showed that the “sub-standard quality of meat” had arrived in the UAE “allegedly due to inefficient/non-functionality of the refrigeration system installed in the reefer containers”. It added that it was the shipping line’s responsibility to ensure that the meat was refrigerated.

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“It has also been learnt that the exporters concerned have filed damages against the shipping line,” the statement further said.

TDAP also stated that the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai requested a “formal meeting” with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to present “Pakistan’s viewpoint and comprehensively address their concerns”.

“The Mission will seek to assuage the concerns highlighted by the UAE authorities and at the same time strongly advocate for the vacation of the ban,” TDAP said.

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