KARACHI: SME exporters have complained to the Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) about the lack of repacking facilities at Karachi port for goods opened for examination by the authorities and urged for speedy efficient system. UNISAME President Zulfikar Thaver said the SME exporters, commercial exporters and the new entrants have been badly affected by the huge expenses and time involved in the reopening of export cargo. He regretted that the scanners installed are perhaps out-dated and below international standard compelling the authorities - both the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and the customs - to carry out costly physical examination. The SME exporters have been badly affected and aggrieved of this orthodox and obsolete manner of examination. The official has urged the Ministry of Ports And Shipping to install full-proof modern scanners, which can avoid the need for physical examination and save the exporters the hardships and improve the examination system and make it efficient in line with international standards.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2019.
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