Modalities of trade across LoC finalised

28 September 2008
The Daily Times


Islamabad: AJK CCI president says computerised single entry permits to be issued to drivers * List of items to be traded released MIRPUR: Methods to begin trade across the Line of Control (LoC) between Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) through Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot routes have been finalised, official sources said. The trade is scheduled to commence on October 21. AJK Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) President Zulfiqar Abbasi, who will head a 21-member trade delegation to IHK from October 9, told APP on Sunday that trucks would be allowed to go to the designated points on both sides of the LoC. Besides, a system of computerised single entry ‘truck entry permits’, would be issued in triplicate by the respective trade facilitation officers. The permits will contain a picture of the driver, his name, address, license number and details of the vehicle. The permit will specify that there is no contraband or dangerous material in the vehicle or in the consignment. The drivers of these trucks will wear bright yellow and pink jackets with ‘Driver Chakothi-Salamabad and Driver Rawalakot-Chakandabagh’ respectively inscribed on back. The trucks will travel on both the routes between 9am and 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The permit will allow the driver to enter and exit after unloading-loading the cargo. Trucks with a capacity between 1 to 1.5 tonnes will ply the routes, and the trade facilitation officer will seal their cargo. The seal will contain the following certification: “Goods in the consignment are as per the agreed list and the vehicle does not contain any contraband or dangerous material.” It will be signed by the respective trade facilitation officer of the Salamabad-Chakothi and Rawalakot-Chakandabagh. The cargo manifests, indicating the items being carried, particulars of the sender and the recipient and packaging list with marks and numbers, will accompany the consignment. app List: The list of items to be traded across the Line of Control (LoC) has been released, official sources said. The sources said that the flow of trade, list of items and the modalities would be reviewed every quarter by the trade facilitation officers in Indian-held Kashmir and Azad Kashmir. The first review will be carried out by the Working Group on cross-LoC Confidence-Building Measures, and thereafter, annually, according to the sources. The items to be traded from Indian-held Kashmir to Azad Kashmir through Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot routes include carpets, rugs, wall hangings, shawls and stoles, namdas (a kind of mattress), embroidered items including crewel, furniture including walnut furniture, wooden handicrafts, fresh fruits and vegetables, dry fruits including walnuts, saffron, aromatic plants, fruit-bearing plants, coriander, imli (tamarind), black mushrooms, Kashmiri spices, Rajmah (kidney beans curry), honey, paper-maché products, rubberised coir, foam mattresses, cushions, pillows, quilts and medicinal herbs. Similarly, the items to be traded from AJK to IHK include rice, jahnamaz (prayer mats) and tasbih (rosaries), precious stones, namdas, Peshawari leather chappals (footwear), medicinal herbs, raw maize and maize products, fresh fruits and vegetables, dry fruits including walnuts, honey, imli, black mushroom, furniture including walnut furniture, wooden handicrafts, carpets and rugs, wall hangings, embroidered items, foam mattresses, cushions, pillows, quilts, shawls and stoles. app