The Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry is an autonomous institution of public interest. It enjoys its own legal entity to represent the various productive and services activities of the private sector in Karachi. According to the provisions of the Chamber law, all natural and legal persons, having their headquarters, branch or representation office in the Pakistan to exercise any commercial, industrial, vocational or professional activity in the Karachi must join the Chamber and get their membership certificates.
Karachi, the only port city in Pakistan, serves as principal gateway to Pakistan. Almost all external trade handled by its two major operating ports via Karachi Port and Port Qasim. It is the biggest metropolis of Pakistan, having population of about 11.5 millions. Over the years, it has emerged as the industrial, financial and commercial capital of the country.
The Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry enjoys singular distinction of being the premier Chamber of the country, representing the mainstream of economic activities by virtue of its location in industrial and commercial hub of the country. It was formed in 1959 through the amalgamation of four trade bodies in Karachi at that time, namely, the Pakistan Merchants Association, Buyers and Shippers Chamber, Chamber of Commerce Pakistan and All Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It was restricted under the Trade Organizations Ordinance 1961, which regulates the working of the Trade Bodies in the country.
Hence, the Chamber is viewed to be the party concerned with patronizing the various activities of the private sector. It is among its tasks and duties to render best services to member firms and companies. Membership certificates are duly issued to such members who are kept updated on how to take the utmost advantages of the Chamber services and available data or information. They are also well apprised of the Chamber’s regular and occasional functions or events, as well as of its tasks and duties in general.
Through such data and information, the Chamber members can participate in various domestic and international functions or events through which they may be better able to introduce their companies or products. Through such interaction, the Chamber may have a much clearer vision on their problems and the obstacles they are facing. Such problems are usually discussed in a bid to find appropriate solutions. Recommendations seeking that end may, thereafter be presented to competent authorities requesting required actions to be taken whenever necessary.
The Chamber is affiliated with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry.