Pakistan to seek easier cement export route

Pakistan to seek easier cement export route
Published: 28 April 2011

Pakistan is likely to seek the removal of non-tariff barriers on its cement in India at the two-day trade meeting that started in Islamabad today.

Indian authorities certify the quality of Pakistani cement every year and do not allow imports to come through road, which are considered as non-tariff barriers by Islamabad.

“Cement is a major issue for Pakistan and it is likely to be pushed by Islamabad during the talks. We can expect some progress on the issue as we need cement for our rapid infrastructure development,” commerce ministry sources said.

The two-day talks between commerce secretary Rahul Khullar and Pakistani counterpart Zafar Mahmood began in Islamabad today. The talks will focus on trade expansion and the removal of non-tariff barriers between the two countries.