KARACHI: Pakistan Customs has successfully dispatched the first lot of Afghan transit trade consignments to Peshawar through the bonded train on Friday.

Director Transit Trade Irfan Javed was present on the occasion and he personally confirmed the sealing of containers and functionality of trackers fixed in the train and containers at Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT).

This is a landmark development on the part of Directorate of Transit Trade as 16 containers stuffed with assorted meters were dispatched via Pakistan Railways to Peshawar. From Peshawar, these goods would be transported through trailers to Afghanistan.

DHL is the shipping agent and Pakistan Railways is the bonded carrier of this pilot run. Transportation of transshipment and Afghan transit cargo through railways will be much safer than the transportation through the bonded carriers who have created a monopoly.