Pakistan Begins Halal Meat Export: First shipment leaves Karachi for Uzbekistan
There is a massive market for Halal food in Central Asia, and TIR has made it easier for Pakistan to access the region.
Pakistan’s accession to the International Transport of Goods (TIR) Convention has opened up new avenues of regional trade for the country. As a result, bilateral exchanges between Pakistan and Central Asian states are growing. Pakistani exporters have kick-started Halal meat export to Uzbekistan through the land route.
According to media reports, the first shipment of 18 MT of ‘Halal Meat’ has been sent to Tashkent (Uzbekistan) from Karachi. Adviser to Prime Minister of Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood took to Twitter on Thursday to state that the first shipment would reach Tashkent (Uzbekistan) within a week. He said:
We are pleased to share that the first shipment of 18 MT of ‘Halal Meat’ has been dispatched from Karachi to Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The Ministry of Commerce (MOC), ’Silk Route Reconnect Policy for Central Asia Republics (CARs) and beyond is now bearing fruit.
The Adviser to Prime Minister further stated:
For the last year and a half, “we were extensively engaged with CARs”. But the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) and Transit Trade Agreement have been signed with Uzbekistan. Similar agreements are being explored with other CARs. We urge our exporters to utilize this new window opportunity.
fruit. For the last year and a half, we been extensively engaged with CARs.
PTA and Transit Trade Agreement have been signed with Uzbekistan. Similar agreements are being explored with other CARs.
We urge our exporters to utilise this new window opportunity. 2/2
— Abdul Razak Dawood (@razak_dawood) March 10, 2022
Speaking to a media outlet, Shaheen Group Chief Executive Officer Malik Sher Khan said:
There is a massive market for Halal food in Central Asia, and TIR has made it easier for Pakistan to access the region. In one month, 900 tons of meat will be shipped to Tashkent via Torkham in 50 consignments of 18 tons each. A consignment takes eight days to reach Tashkent from Pakistan. Talks are underway with Uzbekistan for the export of meat to Tajikistan. All routes from Pakistan to Tashkent have been surveyed; Torkham is entirely safe, and all Central Asian states are connected to it.
He further shared:
Increasing bilateral trade with Central Asian states will facilitate freight services and push down fares. Containers carrying meat from Pakistan return to the country with cotton. The containers can reach Central Asia due to strict adherence to the axle load standards in Pakistan. This system is being improved further at the government level, which will benefit exports.
Pakistan exports are making serious progress over time. Experts believe that if the government’s efforts continue in the right direction, the country will make enormous progress.
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