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Import of CKD motor vehicles witnesses unprecedented growth

ISLAMABAD: The import of motor vehicles in Completely Knock Down (CKD) condition has witnessed a unprecedented growth of 4902 percent in December 2020 due to acceleration of manufacturing activities by auto industry in the country.

According to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the import of motor vehicles in CKD/Semi Knock Down (SKD) condition increased to $107 million in December 2020 as compared with meagre $2.14 in the same month of the last year.

The country’s car industry witnessed significant downfall during the last year due economic slowdown and adverse impact of coronavirus.

The economy during the first half of the last year had witnessed consolidation and shown improvement in early 2020. However, the coronavirus which detected in last months of 2019 in China adversely affected the world as well as domestic economy.

The car manufacturing in the country has witnessed growth during the first half of the current fiscal year. However, the pace of manufacturing grew at a faster pace in the last months of the first half of the current fiscal year.

The car production is major component of Large Scale Manufacturing (LSM) as this industry grew by 1.97 percent in November 2020 over the corresponding month of the last year.

Meanwhile, car sales, as reported by PAMA, increased by 15 percent YoY in December 2020 to 13,870 units.

The same, including Lucky Motor Corporation (KIA, non-member of PAMA), is up by 20 percent YoY.