Qatari Shipping business Group Milaha (Qatar Navigation) is ready to launch direct shipping services from Qatar to Karachi Pakistan the company has announced on Sunday according to Reuters, the company has launched this service to counter the sanctions imposed by other GCC countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Apart from the major conflict the country has with other Arab countries, the company is also focusing on strengthening its relationships with Pakistan ahead of CPEC project.
United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and transport links with Doha on June 5, terminating the use of Dubai’s Jebel Ali port as a transshipment center for goods going to or coming from Qatar.
Imports in Doha amid the deteriorating relationships with GCC countries slumped more than 66% in June and July as compared to previous year’s period. The forces the country to establish new transportation and shipping links in order to create a balance in imports and exports through developing links with Oman and India subcontinent.
According to Milaha, the new service in Pakistan will mainly be aimed at perishable goods and food products which will operate weekly between Karachi and Qatar’s Hamad Port, the transit time between the countries would be four days which will be the fastest transit via a direct connection between the countries.
Milaha also said that it will launch a new service linking other Qatari ports of Mesajeed and Hamad with Karachi as well as Indian Port of Mundra. The company has already launched direct Qatar Turkey service last week following a previous container service between Qatar and Kuwait.