The small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the auto sector have managed to secure and deliver foreign orders, amid a lockdown fuelled by the Covid-19 outbreak.
A tier-1 SME manufacturing unit, which specialises in auto interior parts, exported an order of its products to a client in United Kingdom during lock down, shared Mehran Commercial Enterprises (MCE) Director Export Mashood Khan.
Located in the Korangi Creek Industrial Park Karachi, MCE exports parts for the tractor industry. Khan told The Express Tribune that majority of the exported parts comprised of interior cabin components for tractors and was manufactured completely in Pakistan.
He said that they were able to secure the order and produce the merchandise while it was implementing work-from-home. “Our economy direly needs to uplift exports and there are numerous hidden treasures in the country that we can start with,” he said.
In July 2020, Pakistan exported engineer goods worth $15.7 billion, out of which $648,000 worth transport equipment was exported, according to the PBS.
Meanwhile, Landhi Engineering Works chief said that participation in different international fairs helped them gain contracts, which they tried to complete on time to remain competitive.
“During the lock down, we could not go abroad to attend exhibitions but we managed to get orders online and then complete them in due time,” he added. Galaxy Polymer Engineering Director Abdul Rahman said that to expand the export business, challenges like compliances as per European standards are the need of the hour.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2020