Safety concerns: ‘US to export all NATO cargo out of Pakistan’

Published: December 29, 2011
US has directed sensitive NATO supplies to be exported out of Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

US has directed sensitive NATO supplies to be exported out of Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

ISLAMABAD: Barely a month after Pakistan’s retaliatory decision to block Nato supplies for the coalition forces stationed in Afghanistan, the United States has decided to export all its cargo, including military hardware and arms, out of Pakistan.

Sources told Express News that the break in supplies has frustrated US authorities to the point where they are now weighing various options to move around the cargo stranded at various locations in Pakistan.

“It has been a month since the Nato attack which resulted in the port and border closures with no resolution in sight, the US government intends to have all import unit cargo that is currently staged at different Container Holding Yards (CHYs) moved back to Karachi port or the nearest CHY to the port. Once we receive approval, all unit cargo will be exported out of Pakistan,” wrote Anita Rice, Chief of the OCCA SWA (595th Trans Brigade, NSA Bahrain) in an email to all ‘concerned’ persons.

“To ensure smooth transition from import to export cargo in the Pakistan Customs Clearance System (PaCCS) and Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (PRAL) computer systems, documents are required to be submitted to the US consulate in Karachi,” Anita added in the email.

“We require all USC-6 (universal contract 2006) carriers to submit the required documents to the US consulate, Karachi ([email protected]) for cargo/supplies currently staged outside the port for export,” the email read.

According to sources, US cargo, stranded in Pakistan, is worth millions of dollars and US authorities have serious concerns over the safety of the cargo as it includes hammer vehicles, dumpers, anti-aircraft guns, special carriers of anti-aircraft guns, vehicles specially built to jam communications, cranes and sophisticated weapons.

“We will compile information for submission to Pakistan customs for amendment for cargo export,” Rice said in her email, providing US Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Heath’s contact number for further assistance.

Furthermore, it was learnt that the US was using Pakistani routes to supply cargo to its military forces fighting in Afghanistan since 2006 under USC-6 (universal contract 2006).  Under this arrangement, US military personnel were engaged in loading and unloading of cargo while no physical checking was being carried out by Pakistani authorities.

When approached by ExpressNews, Rice refused to comment. Heath was also not available to share his version on this report.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (50)

  • Harry Stone
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:57AM

    Another card is being played


  • amir jafri
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:18AM

    why is express tribune so reluctant to print news and opinions which elevate the spirit of Muslims? why such love for our enemies and hatred for muslims?

    MaShaaAllah! another achievement by the mullaahs; this time of Afghanistan. ..and our Ba Ba Blacksheep monkey donkeys are still proud to be reveling in their english-medium ignorant holes…Pakistan needs akhwanimuslimoons, ayatullahs, mullahs, and jamaat i Islami to shed it’s baighairat westoxicated slavery.


  • hedgefunder
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:18AM

    Why is this such a newsworthy item, ET? Its obvious that any equipment that belongs to them is going to be shipped out!
    Why try to sensationlise such issues?
    I suggest you spend more time and effort to enlighten the people of the impact of living without their Aid first, as no doubt there are plenty of issues related to them !
    Furthermore start planning for life without outside assistance as there is no replacements, from any of the so called friends either!
    Its a serious wake up time for Pakistan, not about their Ghairat !


  • Blithe
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:23AM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish !


  • Cautious
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:25AM

    Pretty clear that if left to the Pakistani’s it will either be stolen or blown up.


  • Mirza
    Dec 29, 2011 - 2:14AM

    It is only fair that the US bring its cargo back to its custody. It is the right of Pakistani govt to allow or not allow the passage. Nothing can be forced upon Pakistan as an independent country. Both countries should do what is best for them.


  • omar
    Dec 29, 2011 - 2:56AM

    good, get out of pakistan!!


  • It's (still) the economy, stupid
    Dec 29, 2011 - 3:14AM

    “such as weapons systems were supplied through the Uzbekistan” Shows that Uzbekistan is a more reliable partner in trade transit route and a partner in fight against terrorists. Is it because they do not have policy of strategic depth in Afghanistan? Oil from Iran, weapons from Uzbekistan, is it possible that Afghanistan thinking out side the box, and will soon by pass Pakistan and trade through other neighbors’?


  • Harry Stone
    Dec 29, 2011 - 3:28AM

    I am confused about how a comment………Another card has been played.. Is either not on topic or is abusive.


  • anwar
    Dec 29, 2011 - 4:08AM

    I suspect NLC is USNLC


  • RajX
    Dec 29, 2011 - 4:12AM

    Looks like Pakistan is loosing one of its trump card which is acting as a supply route. But the other trump card in the form of control of a pliant afghan Taliban is still there. Will they loose that too if the Americans pay off the Taliban with some crumbs?


  • Mullah
    Dec 29, 2011 - 8:23AM

    Another foolish step by Pakistan. Losing millions in much needed dollar revenue.


  • Harry Stone
    Dec 29, 2011 - 8:37AM


    An honest person. That the Taliban are controlled by PAK is the only honest comment that has been made on this topic.


  • Basit
    Dec 29, 2011 - 8:53AM

    Another lie of US/NATO exposed. Before this they claimed all sensitive equipment is supplied through air transport. They don’t have any money to sustain air transport for most of the things.


  • Dec 29, 2011 - 9:46AM

    It is to be facilitated and ensured that US ‘ does not belong/possess anything in Pakistan.Be comfortable saying good bye, to evil and shame.


  • Ahmer Ali
    Dec 29, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Now US’ official have to realize this reality and truth that US’ and NATO’s troops have killed thousands of innocent people especially women,children and old persons on the name of fake terrorism in Afghanistan and also USA has damaged its economy by wasting trillions of $$$$$ on the useless war in Afghanistan and also US’ and NATO’s expensive war equipments and vehicles have been destroyed in Afghanistan uselessly and fruitlessly and troops have been killed but now the reservations of every country have been changed and US’ officials now have to leave every country and protect USA by living within USA.Because the time is changing now and every country is waking up to protect and secure its rights and territories.


  • Patriotic
    Dec 29, 2011 - 10:30AM


    It should be stolen and destroyed at any cost and let US fight its own war agianst taliban which they could not win without pakistan support.


  • Munda Balooch
    Dec 29, 2011 - 10:33AM

    US should think seriously to liberate Baloochistan, so that they can use Gwadar port freely.


  • Harry Stone
    Dec 29, 2011 - 10:55AM


    Bulk items are expensive to move…. you have no understanding of logistics.

    NATO is not without other options even if those are not the prefered route which makes resupply both more time consuming and expensive.

    You can be assurded there will be those in Washington and the capitals of other NATO nations who will remember the”help” PAK provided.


  • Salman Sheikh
    Dec 29, 2011 - 11:12AM

    Put heavy taxes on these cargo.. they should pay the damages.


  • Abdul
    Dec 29, 2011 - 11:33AM

    @Mullah : They aint paying any tax for their cargo ….so Pak is paying from its own pocket for their containers to pass.
    @ Cautious : Even if it is stolen or blown up what do u care …. U should focus on your 27 insurgencies movements in india, where a large patch of land remains ungoverned. Where even your army cant go.
    @Munda Baloch : U r our brother, why u playing at the hands of the enemies.


  • Atif
    Dec 29, 2011 - 11:43AM

    @Munda Balooch: stop living in fools paradise, pakistan will crush all the traitors in our formations, and rebels will end up in rubble


  • RizwanTKhan
    Dec 29, 2011 - 11:54AM

    That Cargo shall stay in Pakistan. Not an “inch” to move.


  • hassan akhbar
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:15PM

    PAKISTANI intelligence agencies have secretly robbed many of these vehicles for sofisticated technology. Our army will be soon able to counter american army with their technology.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:04PM

    i read a news earlier which stated that the sensitive eqipment was transported through other ruotes, now all of sudden the equipment in containers is sensitives, now US will claim that it is stolen and blame pakistan for foul play………….more rubbish thrown our way……..


  • Bilal
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:30PM

    Moving forward..I think Pakistan should allow that cargo to be entered into Afganistan.


  • irfanam
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:35PM

    @hassanakbar offcourse we will and we would beg help fund that with military aid


  • J Iqbal
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:42PM

    NEWS: 50 cargo containers(emptied first secretly) carrying weapons for Afghanistan were burned down .


  • Emmad
    Dec 29, 2011 - 2:49PM

    I thought US/NATO were in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban/Al-Qaeda wonder why they needs these “anti-aircraft guns” and “special carriers of anti-aircraft guns”


  • hedgefunder
    Dec 29, 2011 - 2:53PM

    which they could not win without pakistan support.

    Pakistan has been more of hinderance in this war with their deceit, duplicity etc…
    It is in the interest of Pakistan to prolong this conflict as it generates money for them !
    They have never been on same wavelength with NATO/ISAF, as they have their own agenda and ambitions in Afghanistan.


  • Cautious
    Dec 29, 2011 - 3:37PM


    It should be stolen and destroyed at
    any cost and let US fight its own war
    agianst taliban which they could not
    win without pakistan support.

    And you wonder why Pakistan has a terrible reputation? – being duplicitous and labeled the nexus of terrorism are not things to be proud of.


  • Tony C.
    Dec 29, 2011 - 5:10PM

    The logistics of moving thousands of vehicles back to Karachi, and then overseas must be almost overwhelming. I suppose that Pakistan is a lot more lenient than most countries, or has been, when it comes to helping America, which would make it a little easier, but at the very least export licences and close inspections should be mandatory to check for all manner of items; narcotics for example. I would have thought that the easiest and cheapest way to get rid of the non-military cargo would be to give it to Pakistan or dump it in convenient locations. Similarly with the military equipment after it has been rendered inoperable. After all, we are only talking about a few million dollars and America has wasted several trillion dollars so far on a war, which few people, including me, understand, and should not have been started in the first place.


  • Patriotic
    Dec 29, 2011 - 5:17PM


    My dear friends, If let suppose pakistan is supporting taliban in afghanistan and being duplicious with US then i firmly belief that Pakistan is doing a right job. becouse what Pakistan is doing with US is lesser then what US does with rest of the world.

    US is the only and only reason of terrorism in this world either they may be Japan in world war II, it may be Veitnam, It is Iraq, Afghanistan or any other middle east country.

    Iran will crush US . like a human crush coakroach. Iran will eat Us like cat eats rat. Recommend

  • Menon
    Dec 29, 2011 - 6:19PM

    @It’s (still) the economy, stupid:

    Afghanistan has already opened rail road with neighboring countries. While Pakistan is hallucinating in self grandeur and self importance, things are being put in place to isolate Pakistan.

    Pakistan will become the next Somalia or has it already become one?


  • hedgefunder
    Dec 29, 2011 - 6:24PM

    Keep living in illusions , that everyone will crush USA. I personally have never agreed with US foriegn policy since the days of their Korean adventure, however your logic is simply flawed!
    Pakistan simply would not have been able to survive without US handouts since its creation and all the goodies the military has been receiving over last 3-4 decades, for services not rendered but pretended without accountability too! Yet their performance in any theatre of war has been dismal !
    They have never won any engagements, which they decided to play in, on contrary they manged to loose half of the nation in process, due to their attitude and adventurism !
    Pakistan should really be focus its energies on economic survival, rather than trying to play a role as regional policeman, as they can not even provide its own people with basic needs.
    In regards to Iran, at least they are unlikely to be listening to you, as they are more than capable of making up their own minds and decisions in regards to their welfare.
    It won’t be US who will have to strike them, but smart money is on Israel will do the job of taking out their Nuclear Facilities, watch this space, when it happens !


  • hedgefunder
    Dec 29, 2011 - 6:40PM

    Pakistan Zindabad !!! Good luck Pakistan !!!


  • bangash
    Dec 29, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Loss of revenue to Pakistan.


  • Menon
    Dec 29, 2011 - 8:03PM


    and Pakistan will be bombed to stone ages if the cargo doesn’t move an inch. Take your pick!


  • globetrotter
    Dec 29, 2011 - 8:16PM

    @Harry Stone:
    Pakistan should confiscate all the stuff in reply to US arrogance which led to SALALA incident


  • Tony C.
    Dec 29, 2011 - 8:23PM

    Dear hedgefunder,
    I do not think anybody really wants to crush America although some people say things because they are angry, and later probably regret what they have said. However, I think that what they are really trying to say is, “please America, stop crushing countries that have not done you any harm”.


  • Tony C.
    Dec 29, 2011 - 9:04PM

    Dear Hedgefunder, You never give up do you. America is still going in Korea after sixty odd years, was completely wiped out in Vietnam, sort of won in Iraq with lots of help from NATO, but never really settled the problems, still going in Afghanistan after ten years with no end in sight and lots more NATO help, plus several other problem areas, but I think perhaps you may be getting the point. Most of America’s so-called financial help takes the form of military aid with the proviso that Pakistan spends it on American military equipment. Maybe the Pakistanis have not won too many wars, but I do not think winning wars is anything to be proud of. Further, the Pakistan military may not be quite so brutal as the American military which is starting to make other evil regimes look like boy scouts. I will settle for the way Pakistan does it every time, and just hope America never tries to save me. I do not want my loved ones wiped out with drones, depleted uranium, or dreadful gun ships.


  • hedgefundersofa king dumm
    Dec 29, 2011 - 11:43PM

    India should stay out of this conflict, Pakistan is right.


  • hedgefunder
    Dec 29, 2011 - 11:47PM

    @hedgefundersofa king dumm:
    Don’t show your IQ here, remain couch potato, as India has never been involved in this mess ! Get your facts and homework done before making stupid comments !!


  • Harry Stone
    Dec 30, 2011 - 8:14AM


    Another wise decision by PAK.

    Do it.


  • Patriotic
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:26AM


    There will be a peace in this world only when US destroyed. They are the biggest terrorist terrorist, coward, fearfull, faint hearted, cowardy, greedy. As a nation they are simply timid. If you are talking about Israel then remember that Israel cannot even touch the Iranan Soil. By saying that your smart money Israel will do tha job for US means a dog will kill lion ehich will never be happened in this world.


  • Tony C.
    Dec 30, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Dear hedgefunder, I have never heard of India’s involvement in this area either, but are you really sure? One cannot trust anybody nowadays, and we do seem to get plenty of insulting comments from Indians.


  • hedgefunder
    Dec 30, 2011 - 3:18PM

    @Tony C.:
    When facts are presented to Pakistanis , they all of sudden become insulting, consproracies, Zionist plots etc… When will you learn to accept the basic facts and acknowledge the problems when they are staring in your faces????


  • ghouri
    Dec 30, 2011 - 3:49PM

    We would like to see america is out of Pakistan and these containers should be charged with road tax, security tax and port tax which is ligitim under law.
    We have lossed every thing dure to this war on terror.
    I am not sure whether Russian root will be very expensive as america is already bancrupt can,t afford.
    The next payment cirsis is on the way in Jan.2012


  • Jinteo
    Dec 30, 2011 - 4:32PM

    @bangash: Money is not the only consideration…


  • farooq
    Dec 30, 2011 - 5:20PM

    Beat the hell out of MY great country
    Better late than never
    Before it is too late as was with Ruskies
    And never ever cross roads with my passion my beloved Pakistan, this action was the tip of the ICEBERG that sank THE TITANIC.


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