On Saturday the Pakistan Post launched an export parcel service— “EMS Plus” for the small traders for delivering their consignments to foreign countries within the span of 72 hours at minimum rates.
Murad Saeed—the Minister for Communications and Postal Services officially inaugurated the service in a ceremony which was held at the head office of Pakistan Post.
Iftikhar Durrani—the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Media Affairs, Naseer Ahmed Khan—the Director General of Pakistan Post and Pir Baksh Khan Jamali—the Secretary Postal Services were present on the occasion.
The minister while speaking at the ceremony said that Pakistan has got an honest leader in the form of Imran Khan—the prime minister and under his vision and guidance, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is taking steps for transforming the loss-making entities into the ones that generate profits.
Similarly, he said that effective measures would be taken to direct the Pakistan Post out of losses and make it a profitable institution.
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The EMS Plus is one of such steps which would be assisting the Pakistan Post in getting out of its losses, as informed by Saeed.
He also said that this service, which has been launched initially as a major project in Sialkot, Lahore and Faisalabad packages of nearly 30 kilogrammes could be booked for 6 nations including—the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He added that the parcels would be shipped the same day to the designated countries by air.
In the second phase the service would be extended to other countries too, probably by next month.
Murad Saeed added that initially the plan was to launch the service for the entire world however owing to some technical issues the service has been limited to just 6 countries for now.
He also informed that advertisements would be published in the newspapers in the present week for hiring the services of courier firms in respective countries.
Counters would also be set up at the airports having the staff of Pakistan post, deployed to ensure timely dispatch of the parcels.
The minister asked the business community to give preference to the service as it would cost them nearly 175 per cent less than the amount charged by the private courier companies.