KP businessmen support establishment of Azakhel Dry Port

PESHAWAR : Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI) Standing Committee on Railways and Dry Port Chairman Ziaul Haq Sarhadi along with the Frontier Customs Agents Group (FCAG) assured all possible cooperation to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in connection with the establishment of Azakhel Dry Port.

Sarhadi was briefing Chief Collector (North) Sarwat Tahira Habib during her visit to Azakhel to review the establishment of the proposed Azakhel Dry Port the other day.

Others who accompanied the chief collector included Peshawar Customs Collector Qurban Ali Khan, Peshawar Additional Customs Collector Fazal Samad, Dry Port Deputy Collector Zakir Mohammad Khan, Anti-Smuggling Deputy Collector Ali Asad and Dry Port Superintendent Azizur Rehman Khattak.

Sarhadi welcomed the decision of the Peshawar Collector Customs Qurban Ali Khan regarding the operationalisation of Azakhel Dry Port. However, he said that the customs agents would be ready for it after the provision of all kind of facilities at Azakhel Dry Port.

He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was bestowed with natural resources and the largest number of the industries of marble, gems, handicrafts, furniture, honey, herbs, carpet and matches are in the province and facilities were provided in the existing dry port then these goods will be exported from it.

He said that the establishment of Azakhel Dry Port was the long standing demand of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Frontier Customs Group, and urged FBR to come forward and talk to Pakistan Railways in an effective manner.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Collector (North) Sarwat Tahira Habib appreciated the briefing of Ziaul Haq Sarhadi regarding taking of practical steps for the establishment of dry port and problems faced by the importers and exporters.

While agreeing with his proposals, she said that the FBR is ready to issue notifications for the establishment of the proposed Azakhel Dry Port Customs Station. She assured that FBR would play its due role in the establishment of Azkhel Dry Port. However, she also sought the guidance and assistance of KPCCI and Frontier Customs Agents Group in this regard.

On the occasion, Peshawar Collector Customs Qurban Ali Khan proposed initiation of work on Azakhel Dry Port with immediate effect, which would provide facilities to business community in exports and imports.

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