The Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood, announced on Friday that the first shipment truck under the TIR Rules has passed Torkhum on its way from Karachi to Uzbekistan.
His tweet in this regard read: “MOC has been working to open up trade with Uzbekistan and beyond. We are pleased to share that the first containerized shipment by truck from Karachi under the TIR Rules has cleared Torkhum on its way to Uzbekistan”.
MOC has been working to open up trade with Uzbekistan and beyond. We are pleased to share that the first containerised shipment by truck from Karachi under the TIR Rules has cleared Torkhum on its way to Uzbekistan. pic.twitter.com/NKqpHLacWx
— Abdul Razak Dawood (@razak_dawood) April 30, 2021
The advisor attended a briefing about the recent developments in the trade and connectivity of Pakistan with the neighboring regions. He said at the outset that connectivity with trading partners is vital for viable trade relations, and that the structure and efficiency of connectivity networks enable access to markets and should be considered a facet of trade competitiveness.
He remarked that the long-term vision of the Government of Pakistan for trade and economic relations with Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and the Central Asian Republics (CARs) is what is wanted to make Pakistan a hub for trade, transit, and transhipment. He added that the current engagement with Afghanistan and Uzbekistan is a measure for the implementation of this vision.
The SAPM said that trade must be based on the secure, open, consistent, reliable, and legal movement of goods at the Afghan border, along with enhanced connectivity with Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and the CARs. This will ensure that Pakistan leverages its geo-economic location in the region to enhance its international trade.
He was informed that a milestone has been achieved in Pakistan’s transit trade history as Pakistan Customs processed the first-ever TIR consignment at Torkhum destined for Tashkent (Uzbekistan) via Afghanistan yesterday. The consignment consisted of herbal medicines, and it crossed into Afghanistan after the completion of all the customs formalities at Torkhum.
Dawood said that this is a moment of great pride for Pakistan, and lauded the efforts and role of the Pakistan Customs in this regard.
This successful TIR operation will usher in a new era of direct land-route trade with the CARs. He said that the use of the TIR system will streamline border procedures while cutting time and money for trade and transport operators.
The Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (called the ‘TIR Convention’) was enforced in March 1978 and replaced the original Transport Internationaux Routier (TIR) of 1959.
Pakistan became a member of the TIR Convention in 2017, and now the convention has 68 contracting parties including China, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and all the CARs. The objective of the TIR Convention is to facilitate international transit through simplified customs transit procedures and an international guarantee system.
The customs procedure takes place at the points of origin and destination rather than at each border crossing, using a single guarantee.