GWADAR: Pakistan Customs has fully activated the Gwadar Collectorate, and Collector Tahir Qureshi has setup in Gwadar instead of Gaddani station as always.

Chief Collector Gul Rehman is monitoring the reorganization of the Gwadar, as vessels have started to coming to Gwadar port.

An official said Collector Tahir Qureshi was in long co-ordination with the Gwadar port operator, adding it was due to their efforts vessels started coming to Gwadar. Vessels were not coming to Gwadar because there is no export from Gwadar.

The first fishing vessel with 200 tonnes of fish arrived at the Gwadar port from international waters last month.

The vessel arrived in the wake of a Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) initiative and operations have begun at the Gwadar port.

The fish will be shipped to China in reefer containers opening up a new era of prosperity and growth for the people of Balochistan and the economy of the country.

Pakistan Customs is working towards realising the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan for transforming Gwadar into an international transit trade hub and facilitate trade through Gwadar Port.

The FBR has already notified International Transshipment Rules vide SRO 218/2020. A dedicated Directorate of Transit Trade has also been established at Gwadar to work closely with the stakeholders and transform Gwadar into a transit trade hub.

As a result of this proactive approach and support of all stakeholders, in the coming days, more vessels containing international cargo including liquefied petroleum gas, steel pipes, DAP fertiliser for transit to Afghanistan is scheduled to arrive at Gwadar Port.

This reflects the confidence of the international business community and shipping lines in the economic potential of the Port and excellent trade facilitation measures put in place by Pakistan Customs. Gwadar is the future of Pakistan and will help the country in earning much needed foreign exchange in the future.

The Afghan businessmen have shown keen interest in making investment for trade through Gwadar Port.

Gwadar’s GDP per capita to be 10 times that of Pakistani average and will contribute $30 Billion per annum.

The master plan has been prepared by the Chinese state-owned company China Communications Construction Company along with Pakistan’s Minister of Planning and Development, and Gwadar Development Authority.

According to the plan, Pakistan seeks for Gwadar to become the economic and trade hub of South-Asia. The GDP per capita eventually of Gwadar is expected to reach $15,000 – 10 times that of Pakistan’s average. The total GDP is expected to reach beyond $30 billion per annum, creating 1-1.2 million jobs.

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