Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PCMEA) on Wednesday discussed the post-fall of Kabul situation since handmade carpet manufacturers import semi/partial finished material mostly from Afghanistan.

Chairing an emergent meeting held in this regard, PCMEA Senior Vice Chairman Riaz Ahmed said that Pakistani manufacturers and exporters of carpet were facing numerous difficulties due to current situation in Afghanistan and were anxiously looking towards complete restoration of businesses there. Ahmed added that the association was also in contact with the relevant government authorities and departments to get exemptions of duties and taxes imposed on imports of partially finished carpet raw materials through Torkham Border. In this regard, a meeting with the chairman of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) would be held next week.

Moreover, the meeting discussed in detail the difficulties faced by the handloom carpet industry, especially in perspective of Afghanistan, and the possible ways out. Ahmed hoped that government would provide further relief keeping in view the difficulties faced by the export industry.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2021.

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