On Monday, the Pakistan government decided to extend opening time of Pakistan-Iran border for export of mangoes to the neighbouring nation and asked Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to discuss and resolve logistic issues with the traders.
The Special Committee of National Assembly on Agricultural Products decided to extend number of days per week and duration for each day for export of mangoes to Iran. The limit on number of trucks coming from Iran is also expanded.
The Pakistan-Iran border remains open for three days with a limit on daily duration. The decision was made in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak in March.
Pakistan’s Food minister assured the traders no efforts would be spared to increase exports from agriculture sector through close coordination with the stakeholders. The meeting called for another meeting between mango exporters and PIA on Tuesday (today). The committee on interior affairs was directed to send its recommendations on issues related to export of mangoes to Iran. The committee would send its recommendations to the ministry of interior for further action.
According to an article on thenews.com.pk, mango exporters complained of higher freight charges by airlines that account for 90 percent of Pakistan’s mango exports. They previously estimated a 70 percent drop in mango exports from 130,000 tons last year, fetching $90 million.