Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Adviser Razak Dawood while chairing a meeting on the country’s transhipment potential at the Ministry of Commerce observed that port charges and inefficiencies which result in increased time for cargo handling are impeding Gwadar from realizing its true transshipment potential. He said that the government can play the role of a facilitative regulator, providing a flexible environment to boost the transshipment industry as per the available potential.
Dawood said that Gwadar port can act as a sister port to a number of other important ports in the region, which can complement each other in transshipment activities. He further emphasised that Pakistan can reach its true potential of transshipment when cargo handling at the port is efficient and China, Afghanistan and other Central Asian economies are connected with Gwadar through land routes.
He urged the stakeholders to consider these recommendations and resolve the identified issues for the benefit of ports and shipping industry in Pakistan.