Federal government seeks a no-import fee on wheat and sugar from the Sindh government.
The decision was taken during a meeting regarding issues related to the import of sugar and wheat through Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) held under the chairmanship of federal minister for Industries and Production on September 14.
“After detailed deliberations, it was decided that the ministry will again request the government of Sindh to remove taxes on the import of the two products,” they told
In this regard, the Ministry of Science and Technology will be appealed to reduce Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) charges while the Ministry of Maritime Affairs shall be requested to reduce port handling charges.
Furthermore, the Punjab Food Department and Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) were asked to finalize a transportation mechanism and sign an agreement as well.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in its last meeting approved reducing charges from 2pc to 0.75pc on the import of wheat and sugar.
Additionally sources said that the meeting also planed that TCP will negotiate a reduction of various service charges associated with import with service providers such as stevedoring @1250 PMT for handling, clearing and other charges.
It is important to note here that the federal government is importing wheat to fill the gap of 1.4mmt.
The government has allowed private importers and TCP to import wheat while the ECC in the last meeting also gave go head to PASSCO to import 180,000-ton wheat from Russia.
PM in the last cabinet meeting had also shown annoyance over the delay in the import of wheat.