Leather industry suffers as goods transport strike continues

Karachi: Pakistan Tanners’ Association expressing grave concern on strike of Goods Transport carriers going on unabated since last nine days with no initiative by government authority to resolve this crucial issue which is damaging already shrinking economic activities.

“The importers and exporters particularly of leather industry based in

Karachi and Punjab are very much in dilemma as their production is severely affected because of non-availability of imported raw material specially chemicals etc. The importers/exporters are forced to incur heavy expenditure which causes increase in cost of production as well as inordinate delay in shipments,” Agha Saidaan, chairman of the association said in a letter to the federal commerce secretary and Sindh transport minister.

He said on one hand the government urging the manufacturers-cum-exporters to boost the volume of exports to earn maximum foreign exchange for the national exchequer and on the other hand no attention is paid to resolve their genuine grievances.

He requested them to take note of the above alarming situation and take up the matter on priority basis by addressing the problem of the goods transport carriers simultaneously as soon as possible as further delay in the matter will be disastrous for all the export oriented industries in particular as the export of leather sector industry is already continuously on the decline.