Pakistan logistics looks to cut reliance on Dubai
The business community in Pakistan has asked the government to initiate direct cargo flights from Lahore to Tajikistan in order to save time and cost on the export of goods to Central Asian states.
A delegation met commerce minister Khurram Dastgir Khan last week where they highlighted the challenges being faced by exporters in the absence of direct cargo flights and road links with the Central Asian nations.
The delegation requested that the ministry request that Pakistan International Airlines begin operating a direct service.
A source in the Ministry of Commerce told Pakistan’s Express Tribune that the business community believed annual trade could be increased from the current US $500 million to $5 billion if direct cargo flights were made available from Lahore to Central Asia.
Currently, goods sent as air cargo between Pakistan and Central Asia need to shipped via Dubai, resulting in higher shipment costs and longer delivery times.
Delivery times can be cut from 24 hours via Dubai to just one hour with a direct daily flight.
“Time and cost can be saved by beginning direct cargo flights to Central Asia, which will allow exporters of commodities to compete effectively in these markets,” a businessman remarked.
“This is a reasonable proposal and the commerce ministry will take all possible steps to help implement it,” the minister was quoted as saying.