Ministry of Commerce proposes opening of industry with confirmed export orders
KARACHI: Ministry of Commerce has proposed to allow opening of industrial units with confirmed export orders, it was learnt. A meeting of National Command and Control Centre (NCOC), held on Thursday, decided that Ministry of Commerce will hold consultations with all the provinces for finalizing the procedure for opening of the industrial units with confirmed export orders, and present its final proposal to NCOC on April 11, 2020. MoC had proposed that industrialists could apply to the Deputy Commissioner of the district in which the industry is situated or to the Regional office of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). Industrialists would have to provide proof of confirmed export orders as well as undertaking the goods so produced would not be sold in the local market. MoC has proposed that industrial units may be opened and operate subject to compliance with all federal/provincial standard operating procedures (SOPs) that have been or will be notified for health, safety and environmental (HSE) protocols; labour, manufacturing and transportation of goods within cities/provinces and to the ports; as well as compliance with rules and laws relating to cross border trade of goods for exports. Sources said that industrial units in Sindh, with confirm export orders, would be opened from Monday, however only bare minimum required labour would be allowed to work within the approved time frame.