Axle load, infrastructure cess issues to be resolved: Senate body assured

Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood has assured the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile that he would resolve all issues pertaining to exporters, including axle load and infrastructure cess imposed by the provinces. Haroon Farooki, former Chairman KCCI, apprised the committee that goods dispatched from Karachi to upcountry areas are liable to axle load regime and infrastructure cess, which is in fact enhancing the cost of doing business. He argued that goods which are being dispatched in one container are now sent in 1.5 containers. He further stated that Pakistan neither framed required standards for containers nor is following international standards. He suggested that both issues be clubbed together as the business community’s neck is tightened. After detailed discussion, the committee unanimously asked the Advisor to raise this issue with the PM who should convene a meeting to resolve the issue immediately.