In Pakistan, kinnow exports were suspended due to a sit-in on roads in Karachi, interior Sindh, and Punjab. The traffic on several roads was disrupted due to a protest of the Shia community against the murders of some of their people from the Hazara community in Quetta.
More than 400 containers with kinnow are standing on the roads in Sindh and Punjab. Of course, exporters will sustain huge losses if containers did not reach the ports, said Waheed Ahmed, patron-in-chief of Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables’ Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association.
Kinnow worth $4.6 million were being transported in these 400 containers and the reefer containers needed connection with electricity otherwise the fruits would be rotted. Exporters were already facing problems, as they were paying four times higher freight rates amid a shortage of reefer containers and ships, Ahmed added.
He suggested the federal government resolve the issue with the protesters and free up the roads. The target of 350,000 tons export would be difficult to achieve amid these conditions, as the next orders would be cancelled, he said.