Pak businessmen call for removal of trade barriers, resumption of banking ties with Iran

Islamabad, Dec 9, IRNA - Members of Iran-Pakistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry have called for removal of trade barriers and resumption of banking ties with Iran for the expansion of trade between the two countries.

The demand was made during a meeting of the business body in south western city of Quetta which was also attended by Director Customs Quetta Muhammad Ashraf Ali, Provincial Director of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan Atlas Khan and Director Customs Intelligence, Quetta Irfan Javed.

Consul General of Iran in Quetta Mohammad Rafiei was also present on the occasion.

President of Iran-Pakistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Wali Muhammad presented a detailed report about the visit of 40 Pakistani businessmen to Iran last month. He urged the Iranian authorities to take further steps to resolve custom issues of Pakistani traders.

He called upon the government of Pakistan to establish e-custom facility at Taftan border, provide fast internet facility, organize regular training workshops for customs officials deployed at the border and give GSP Plus status to traders.

He also urged for early resumption of banking ties between the two countries and demanded direct flights between Quetta and the major cities of Iran.

The trader went to say that soon Pakistan-Iran Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry will write a letter to Prime Minister and some other ministries to take steps to remove trade barriers between Iran and Pakistan.

Director Customs of Quetta Muhammad Ashraf Ali in his views said that they will take all measures to facilitate traders of Iran and Turkey at Taftan border.

He added that soon after resumption of banking ties between Iran and Pakistan, a currency change center would also be established at Taftan border.

Consul General of Iran in Quetta Mohammad Rafiei expressing his views called for early resumption of border trade markets between Iran and Pakistan.

He urged the Pakistani ministry of commerce to end the recently imposed restrictions on Iranian traders. He also urged the Pakistani authorities to reduce tax duties for the businessmen.

The Iranian diplomat said that Pakistan should expedite the process of opening of Gabd-Reemdan and Mand-Pishin border points between Iran and Pakistan.

He stressed upon the need for taking extreme measures to control the smuggling at Pakistan-Iran bordering areas.

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