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Event Title: Senate Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs

Event Date: 2020-09-17

The Senate Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs in its meeting held today at Parliament House considered Point of Public Importance regarding ldquo Rent demurrage charges on goods imported during lockdown due to the COVID 19 Pandemic The Committee was also briefed on the Blue Economy Policy and Shipping Policy nbsp The Committee was informed that the Karachi Port Trust KPT in coordination with Government of Sindh and Inspector General Motorways ensured continuity of Port Operations during the lockdown due to the Pandemic In compliance of the ECC decision KPT and Port Qasim granted extension of free period from 05 days existing to 15 days with effect from 25-03-2020 to 31-05-2020 for cargo containers The Mover of the Point of Public Importance was of the view that decision of the ECC was not implemented by the shipping lines and container terminals Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar said that the Ministry can do little in this case and the importer will have to file Civil Suite to get relief from Private container terminals and shipping lines The Committee noted that the Ministry was already facilitating the affected businessmen nbsp Discussing the concept of the Blue Economy the Committee lauded the efforts of the Ministry and said that this was the right way forward nbsp It would facilitate and attract private sector investment in the Shipping Sector and create an environment for growth of the Maritime Sector nbsp It would also help sea borne trade Tax exemptions and priority would be provided to fleet carrying Pakistani flag nbsp nbsp Members of the Committee stressed the need for taking the provincial governments on board regarding different projects of the ministry in line with constitution so that the rights of provinces are adhered to nbsp nbsp nbsp Chaired by Senator Nuzhat Sadiq the meeting was attended by Senator Sitara Ayaz Senator Samina Saeed Senator Sassui Palijo Senator Kauda Babar Senator Muhammad Akram Senator Aurangzeb Khan Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokar Senator Mirza Muhammad Afridi and senior officers from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs