India Queen Basmati Rice
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Rice Exporter Association of Pakistan would able to achieve its target of exporting rice worth $2 billion till the end of this fiscal year but it would not be possible for the exporters to cross the previous year’s export target due to falling prices of commodities in international market, stated by Chief Collector Custom Nazim Saleem.

Export of rice in adverse conditions is a very appreciable effort of rice exporters and custom officials are in touch to make best possible efforts to accelerate the rice export, he said. Nazeem advised the rice exporters to increase their export size and to discover new markets and to revise the export strategy for already existing export markets of America, Africa, Central Asia and visit Baku, Azerbaijan, Brazil and other countries.

Talking about Anti Narcotic Force (ANF), Nazeem said that ANF has the authority to search imported and exported goods but not having the examination power i.e. it can’t open the goods or packaging but they can check the shipments of product with the help of sniffer dogs for suspection of any drugs or other adulterations.

He also advised the association to establish a cell of educated and young ones who can serve the association and can deal with the concerned authorities about the existing issues and can understand the laws.

According to the SRO duty drawback would be imposed on the export of polypropylene or jute bag but the exporters are relaxed from it because they are using the bags with rice, he added.

Salamn Rafique, Chairman REAP, said exporters are maintaining the momentum of rice export in prevailing situation in the world which is very difficult but we don’t have a new country or market to extend the export. The government should support the REAP for access to countries importing rice from countries other than Pakistan, h said, adding that GSP Plus-like status for the rice would be a breakthrough for rice export. Kenya is the top buyer of Pakistani rice and China is the second one but there is a dire need to restart the rice export in Qatar to flourish the Pakistani commodity, he added.