The Russian container vessel “Crystal St Petersburg” successfully made its maiden call at Karachi Port after a journey of 21 days, said a statement issued on Thursday May 25, 2023..
The vessel was berthed at the Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), where it was welcomed by notable dignitaries, including Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Faisal Sabzwari, Chairman of Karachi Port Trust (KPT) Syedain Raza Zaidi, and Consul General of Russia H.E. Andrey Viktorovich Fedorov.
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The arrival of “Crystal St Petersburg” is being hailed as a significant milestone for the Pakistani government, as it opens up direct access for the Pakistani trade community to the Russian markets. Minister Sabzwari, speaking at the welcoming ceremony, expressed his delight and described the occasion as a landmark achievement. He highlighted the opportunities this development brings for Pakistani exporters to directly reach Russian consumers. Additionally, he emphasized that it would strengthen business ties between Pakistan, Russia, and Central Asian states.
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The Minister also stressed the potential benefits that this direct trade route offers to Russia. The increased trade volume between the two countries will not only enhance economic cooperation but also foster strong business relationships.
The Consul General of Russia, H.E. Andrey Viktorovich Fedorov, acknowledged the significance of this moment and expressed his optimism about the future trade prospects between Pakistan and Russia. He emphasized the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships and the expansion of trade in various sectors.
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The arrival of “Crystal St Petersburg” marks a new era of trade relations between Pakistan and Russia. The vessel’s successful voyage to Karachi Port symbolizes the strengthening of economic ties and the facilitation of bilateral trade. This development is expected to promote trade diversification, boost exports, and create new avenues for economic growth for both countries.
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The government officials present at the welcoming ceremony expressed their commitment to further enhance trade cooperation, explore new opportunities, and facilitate a conducive environment for increased bilateral trade between Pakistan and Russia. The maiden call of “Crystal St Petersburg” sets a positive precedent and paves the way for future collaborations in the maritime trade sector between the two nations.