Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT), located in the Port of Karachi, has handled its first ever export shipment from Uzbekistan.
According to International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), the operational milestone highlights the strategic partnership between the two countries with the recently evolving trade relations further strengthening regional business connectivity and providing sustainable impetus for global trade.
The shipment was transported by land to the Port of Karachi where it prepared for export to India.
PICT hopes this development would encourage other countries to leverage Pakistan’s trade route.
“PICT is working closely with the Pakistani Government and trade partners to achieve our shared goal of uplifting the country’s economy,” said Khurram Aziz Khan, PICT CEO.
“Handling the first shipment from Uzbekistan positively reflects our efforts to further add value to the services we offer for all cargo handled at the Port of Karachi.”
Khan attended a ceremony commemorating the milestone alongside Syed Faisal Subzwari, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs; Nadir Mumtaz Warraich, Karachi Port Trust chairman; Bilal Shahid, PICT director; and other PICT senior management.
In February, PICT also successfully handled Messina Line’s JOLLY QUARZO, the first ro-ro vessel to call at the terminal.
The cargo-containership docked at the facility on 1 February 2022 and marked the resumption of ro-ro services at the Port of Karachi after 20 years.
Officials from the terminal and the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) welcomed the vessel and presented its crew with a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.