KARACHI: Port Qasim Authority (PQA) Chairman Agha Jan Akhtar has said that the government is simultaneously working on a number of mega projects for enhancing the capacity of logistics industry by providing improved connectivity through ports, railways and road network.
The improved connectivity will help in quick turnaround of vessels at ports for which railways, customs and logistics industry will have to play a supportive role for ensuring quick delivery of cargoes, he added.
Speaking at a dinner, organised by the Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association (PIFFA) on Tuesday, Mr Akhtar said that there is a need for legislation for logistics industry.
There had been focused approached for improving and expanding railways and Port Qasim had already been connected with railways through dual-track and in past only five cargo trains per month used to call at the port but now daily 6-8 trains move in and out of the port.
He added that the government was working on fast track to give rail and road connectivity to the Karachi Port for quick movement of cargo/containers from the port area.
International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations newly elected president Babar Badat speaking on the occasion cautioned that if we have to face the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) logistics challenges, the industry will have to enhance its capacity and also become efficient.
The only way, he said, for achieving these goals was to adopt globally accepted standards and become compatible with the systems in vogue the world over to ensure ef ficiency and timely delivery of goods.