KARACHI: Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Minister for Maritime Affairs, on Saturday said the container scanning charges has been abolished in order to reduce the cost of the industry.
He was addressing the members of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI).
Zaidi said that the terminal operators had been scanning charging at $5 on each container handling. “The terminal operators were charging this amount from all the containers irrespective of scanning or no scanning,” he added.
The minister said the terminal had been stopped from charging this on those containers which were not scanned.
The minister also said that he had opposed to collect fuel freight charges on supplies to Karachi city. He said that all the petroleum products imported at Karachi ports and then supplied to other parts of the country.
Ali Zaidi said that he had openly opposed to this levy in order to facilitate people and the industry.
He said that land transfer of Port Qasim and KPT had been stopped till the audit of already allotted lands.
He disclosed that there was huge corruption in land allotments of port lands.