Manual of Ports, Shipping and Admiralty Law launched

KARACHI: Pakistan’s trade with different countries could be enhanced further if international laws of trade, customs and shipping could be fully understand and practiced at local level by traders and businessmen or lawyers on their behalf.

This was stated by Justice Mohammad Ather Saeed, Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan while speaking as a chief guest at launch ceremony of book “Manual of Ports, Shipping and Admiralty Law” by AMCO Enterprise held here recently.

He said the international trade disputes should be resolved at fast track basis to upkeep the confidence of foreign investment in Pakistan, as well as protecting local businessmen in different countries in the settlement with issues of customs, shipping and admiralty.

Justice Saeed added the laws and its implementation could be easily made at local level when the field and its related legal issues are comprehended by lawyers and businessmen. However there has been complexity observed in the laws of customs, ports and shipping at local level due to unavailability of the guide.

He expressed hoped the book will serve a comprehensive guide to legal fraternity and traders to understands issues of local and international trade by port and customs. The book will be equally fruitful for government officials at customs, ports and maritime department to learn the implementation of laws in right way for avoiding any legal dispute to save money and time of the country and traders alike.

Mohammad Ahsan Ghani Siddiqui, the author of the book, who is an ex-engineer of merchant shipping and a practicing admiralty and international trade lawyer, said that book has been written on high demand at local level to create easiness for legal fraternity and businessmen. He said that laws and rules and regulations of customs, shipping and admiralty have been changed over the period of last couple of years but there were no such books available that address new development to help lawyers.

The book has been complied in a way that traders and professionals of maritime sector could understand various subjects of their fields and follow international trade laws in their business and duties, he further said. The author said that the book is complete guide for lawyers, government officials, freight forwarders, maritime executive, shipping engineers.

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