FPCCI urges customs agents to call off strike

ISLAMABAD: FPCCI President Zubair Ahmed Malik has suggested to All Pakistan Customs Agents Association (APCAA), Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) and All Pakistan Bonded Carrier Association (APBCA) to call off their countrywide strike, which commenced from Tuesday, for an indefinite period against the FBR move of issuing recovery notices to customs agents and bonded carriers in International Security Assistance Force’s (ISAF) for missing containers scam.
According to the statement, President FPCCI said that the strike would hamper the clearance of goods at ports and is likely to result in demurrages on the consignments affecting the overall movement of goods across Pakistan.
He further lamented that more than 1,200 imports and 800 exports GDs at Karachi and Bin Qasim Ports on daily basis would come to a standstill with this strike. It will affect the timely shipment of goods and their clearance at ports which would result in a shortfall to the tune of Rs. 10 billion per day.
Zubair proposed that it would be in the national interest that instead of observing strike the associations concerned could negotiate their demands with FBR for settlement of their issues.