PAKISTAN: Transport strike leading to export delays
An ongoing strike by transport workers is leading to delays in garment shipments from Pakistan, as well as problems in importing raw materials and fuel for factory operations.
Thousands of export-bound containers thought to be worth around US$200m are stranded in various cities across the country.
The strike has slowed outward cargo movement from Port Qasim and Karachi Port after the truckers began protesting at Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) at the end of January.
Asghar Ali, chairman of the Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA), has warned that textile workers may be laid off if the issue is not resolved.
The protest has forced garment exporters to send time-sensitive consignments by air, which is adding to their costs.
Over 70% of Pakistan's textile and garment industry is located in the northern part of the country, with exports travelling thousands of miles to the only port city of Karachi, which is located in the southern part of Pakistan.
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