Pakistani Exporters Criticised At World’s Biggest Textile Fair For Shipment Delays
Pakistani textile exporters at the world’s biggest textile fair – Frankfurt Messe Heimtextil – were criticised over delays in shipment and transfer of goods.
The textile show is considered to be the biggest one in the world and includes mid-sized to major traders from all over. It was held from 6th to 10th January in Frankfurt, Germany.
Textile produces and customers from all over the world gather at the fair to strike important deals at the fair.
Pakistani exporters at the fair were criticised over delays in shipment and transfer of goods which had been agreed between Pakistan-based exporters and foreign buyers months ago.
The existing customers of Pakistani textile goods expressed their unhappiness over the issue of transport strike, which led to delays in shipment and as a result caused hurdles in striking deals.
Speaking to Naya Daur, a major Pakistani exporter explained that the transporter strike had been in the news and prevented millions of dollars worth of goods from reaching Karachi port and beyond.
The existing and potential customers abroad did not take lightly to this, which caused difficulty in striking further trade deals.
The exporter argued that this situation was harmful on a tangible level and also set a bad reputation for Pakistan’s export industry.
The textile exporters in Frankfurt were livid over the treatment they had to suffer from foreign buyers because of the local transport strike.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Textile Export Association has expressed their desire to play a mediatory role in the negotiations between government and transporters, however no breakthrough has been achieved. It has also been suggested that the protestors shift their protest away from the Karachi port and resume services so that routine business activities aren’t further halted.
The writer is co-founder Future of Pakistan Conference and a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.