Customs clearing agents at Torkham continue protest

A protest sit-in at Torkham by the customs clearing agents, transporters and traders continued for the second day on Friday to press for the acceptance of their demands.

The protesters said that the sit-in was started against what they alleged unnecessary impediments in smooth flow of bilateral trade with Afghanistan.

They were demanding manual clearance of Afghan transit goods, exemption of vehicles carrying multiple retail items from Pakistan to Afghanistan from examination, permanent repair of the electronic scanning machine, expeditious customs clearing process and better management of vehicular traffic at the border.

They threatened to stop clearance all types of export and import goods if their demands were not met immediately.

– Dawn