KARACHI: All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA) has approached Ministry of Commerce seeking permission to import Hydrogen Peroxide for textile industrial use on zero rated duty till time local supply is back to normal.

Textile processors, the backbone of value added textiles exports, are one of the major consumers of Hydrogen Peroxide, and expressed grave concern over its artificial price hike and shortage in local market.

APTPMA expresses  with utter surprise and consternation that the local manufacturers of Hydrogen Peroxide (HP) has abruptly reduced the supply of Hydrogen Peroxide in the country which has created panic amongst our member units who are the one the major consumers of HP. This hasty step, which appears to have been taken at the behest of local manufacturers of this essential item of basic raw-material in the country, in gross contravention of the universally acclaimed norms of monopoly and cartels, is likely to cast devastating repercussions upon the overall national economy.

Saleem Parekh, Central Chairman APTPMA elaborating  said that Hydrogen Peroxide is used as a basic raw-material by the Textile Processing Units. This hasty step, on part of local manufacturers is bound to create further artificial shortage, and escalate the prices of Hydrogen Peroxide. Shortage of Hydrogen Peroxide would adversely affect the export of Textile Fabrics/Garments and deprive the country of valuable foreign exchange to the tune of billions of rupees, besides closure of hundreds of textile industrial units, and would throw thousands upon thousands of wage-earners out of jobs.

Due to shortage of Hydrogen Peroxide in the country APTPMA Chief, Saleem Parekh has sought permission from Ministry of Commerce to import of Hydrogen Peroxide for textile industrial use on zero rated duty basis till time local supply is back to normal in terms of price and delivery.