UNISAME appreciates QRC disbandment

KARACHI: The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) on Wednesday appreciated the disbandment of the Quality Review Committee (QRC) by the Ministry of Commerce (MINCOM) has urged the ministry and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to inform the Customs immediately not to demand QRC certificate from basmati rice exporters in view of the disbandment of the committee.

President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) has taken up the matter immediately after the disbandment of QRC and problems being faced by REAP members at Karachi Port with MINCOM and requested them to take immediate measures for clearance of rice containers stuck up at Karachi Port.

REAP has also requested MINCOM to issue public notice for awareness of general public and for the information of the concerned departments. Thaver regretted that MINCOM and TDAP should have informed the Customs simultaneously and could have avoided this predicament. REAP should also have anticipated this awkward situation and requested MINCOM in good time when termination notice was served on the QRC staff and the decision to disband was made by MINCOM and TDAP.

The SME basmati rice exporters have sought immediate notice of disbandment of QRC to the Customs and related departments to enable movement of rice cargo immediately to avoid delay in shipments and meeting deadline of contracts.