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Obstacles faced by the logistics industry

  Pakistan being primarily an import-based country and is highly reliant on logistics to move goods from one part of the country to another. There are many companies from multinationals to private limited to general contractors who are involved in the logistics industry. It is estimated that value of Pakistan’s logistics sector includes transportation and warehousing is US$530 million. Almost 91 percent of transportation is done through road. The biggest …

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Self-sufficiency in low-cost bike production

  Pakistan has achieved self-sufficiency in bike production and it can become a major exporter to at least developing countries due to this low-cost two-wheeler production. What is actually needed is the official patronage of local producers in terms of incentives and facilities in order to boost bike exports from Pakistan. In 2010, a record 1.8 million motorcycles were manufactured in the country. Its production is still on the rise. …

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Lucrative year for airline industry; passenger demand to double over 20 years

  The airline industry is expected to have its most lucrative year 2016 in history with global profits of almost $40 billion (£30 billion), driven by a combination of cheaper oil and fuller planes. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) the trade body for airlines said its forecast for a fifth consecutive year of improving profits meant it was now a “normal business”, providing decent returns to investors after years …

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Revamp, upgradation of Pakistan’s railways system under CPEC

  Railways and roadways are the two means of transport over the land. Roads can be built in the hilly areas also whereas railway lines cannot be laid easily. The railways have an advantage over the roadways that they can carry a large number of passengers and large and heavy loads for long distances. Also journey by train is more comfortable than by bus. Urban cities came up with the …

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Gwadar-Kashgar link: Future of world trade

  While Pakistan is one of the most strategically significant countries in the region, recently inaugurated Gwadar port by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to open numerous opportunities for trade and industry and other sectors of national economy. The geo-strategic position of Pakistan is going to play a vital role in the future regional economic outlook. For China, the strategic location of Pakistan is vital in formulating its future …

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All roads lead to Gwadar

  On 10th April 2016, talking to the Washington Post, Zhang Baozhong, Chairman of China Overseas Port Holding Company said that his company could spend a total of $4.5 billion on roads, power, hotels and other infrastructure for the industrial zone, which he said would be open to non-Chinese companies. The company also plans to build an international airport and power plant for Gwadar. This would be the first time …

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Ports play integral role in the economy

  Karachi Port one of the most expensive ports in South Asia Interview with Captain Anwar Shah   Profile Captain Anwar Shah is a reputed professional in the management and operation of port terminals, maritime transport and logistics industry with a vast experience of over 50 years that includes marketing, chartering, marine insurance hull and P&I Club, Cargo Claim Survey, Shipping and Trading documentation, Salvage of Ship and Damaged Cargoes, …

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An overview of Karachi port – Outstanding performance of KPT’s import and export cargo handling in 2015-16

  The existence of Karachi Port dates back to eighteenth century when Alexander the Great, ended his campaign along the Punjab Rivers and Indus. His Admiral Nearchus, with his fleet, reached Krokala, which is known today as Keamari. Writers like James Rennell (1792) and M. R. Haig (1894) have identified this place in their scripts. Alexander Baillie mentions Arabic Treatise “Mohit” to be used as “Port” for the first time …

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Imported luxurious car sales on the rise

  Local car manufacturers opposing import of used cars The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had proposed that import of up to five-year-old used cars should be allowed compared to the current three-year ceiling. It also called for opening imports for commercial purposes. In 2005-2006 import of used vehicles was allowed after a long period of 12 years. This was eventually limited to import of 3-year-old used vehicles only in …

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Auto industry moving ahead to form industrialization in Pakistan

  Local tractor industry urges govt to clear sales tax refunds of Rs3 billion For industrialization of any country, automobile sector can play a critical role. Auto sector is a unique industry, which is capital intensive as well as labor intensive in nature and helps to develop technologies in other areas of manufacturing such as steel, plastics, rubber, textiles, electrical & electronics etc. Due to this reason, in the last …

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