Ministry assures softening labeling conditions on imported consignments till June 30

Ministry assures softening labeling conditions on imported consignments till June 30

In a significant relief to the industry, the government has agreed to relax labeling conditions until the end of June 2019 to expedite the clearance of consignments stuck at ports. This decision was confirmed by industry sources on Wednesday.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, in a communication with the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), assured the deferment of the implementation of labeling of SRO 237 till June 30, 2019. The announcement was made through a statement issued by the KCCI.

The Ministry of Commerce had issued SRO 237(I)/2019 on February 19, 2019, mandating that all imported food products must have Halal labeling and printed ingredients in both Urdu and English. The regulation further required that each shipment be accompanied by a Halal Certificate issued by a Halal Certification Body accredited with an Accrediting Body that is a member of the International Halal Accreditation Forum or the Standard Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries.

The decision to defer the SRO’s implementation came after significant lobbying from business leaders who expressed concerns over the stringent requirements and their impact on trade. The delay is intended to provide businesses with ample time to comply with the new labeling standards, ensuring that trade is not unduly disrupted.

Siraj Kassem Teli, a prominent business leader at KCCI, welcomed the advisor’s assurance, stating that the delay until July 1, 2019, provides much-needed respite to importers and traders. He emphasized the importance of this deferment, given the logistical challenges and additional costs associated with the new labeling requirements.

Teli also called upon the Ministry of Commerce to direct customs authorities to immediately comply with the new orders and release the consignments currently held up at ports without enforcing the stringent conditions outlined in the SRO. He highlighted that the timely release of these goods is crucial for maintaining supply chains and preventing shortages in the market.

The deferment of the SRO 237 implementation is expected to alleviate the immediate pressure on importers and provide them with sufficient time to adjust to the new requirements. This decision underscores the government’s responsiveness to the concerns of the business community and its commitment to facilitating smooth trade operations.

As businesses prepare for the eventual enforcement of the new labeling standards, they are also likely to seek further clarity and support from the government to ensure a seamless transition. The next few months will be critical for both the government and the industry as they work together to implement the necessary changes without disrupting trade activities.

The KCCI continues to play a pivotal role in advocating for the interests of the business community, ensuring that their voices are heard at the highest levels of government. This latest development is a testament to the effectiveness of their efforts in safeguarding the economic interests of the region.

2 thoughts on “Ministry assures softening labeling conditions on imported consignments till June 30

  1. The Ministry of Commerce must careful in future notification. Before issuing any such notification mist have think twice about its pros cons. This would be another U turn by PTI led government. The Ministry must issue revise notification immediately to save the bad sufferers of this ridiculous order from ministry.

  2. The immediate redressal is required in this genuine demands of importers. The Ministry of Commerce must issue immediate notification for extension of effective date of the SRO 237. Since a large volume of containers are stuck up in various ports of Pakistan so ministry must also pass an order to clear these containers without port and shipping complanies detention and demurrage.

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