Karachi, 30 July 2012:  Ministry of Commerce and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) would continue to support and facilitate leather sector, especially to stop the smuggling and mis-declaration in export of wet blue leather. This was stated by Mr. Munir Qureshi, Federal Secretary Commerce while chairing a meeting of leading exporters at his camp office in Karachi, to address the immediate concerns affecting the exports of leather sector. 

Mr. Tahir Raza Naqvi, Chief Executive TDAP; briefed the participants about the role of MoC / TDAP to protect the interests of the leather sector.  Mr. Naqvi informed that MoC/ TDAP are aware of the issues of PTA and a team of TDAP officers have already held meetings with PTA and Custom officials to resolve their issues, especially to check the smuggling.

Secretary Commerce suggested that TDAP and Pakistan Tanners Association are already in a process of devising  a strategy to check the export of raw / wet blue leather.

Secretary Commerce also stressed that MoC will support the PTA for value addition in export of processed meat so that quality raw material should be made available for the local tanneries.

On tax and rebate related issues, Secretary Commerce suggested that PTA should plead case before the Finance Division and Federal Board of Revenue. MoC would consider their proposals and would indeed make appropriate recommendations to FBR.

Mr. Qureshi also informed that MoC is in the process of finalizing the STPF for 2012-15 and TDAP is firming up the proposals for same. MoC/TDAP will accordingly consider the proposals keeping in view the available financial resources.   

Mr. S M Naseem, Chairman PTA; Mr. Naseem Shafi; Mr. Gulzar Firoz from PTA along with other officials TDAP attended the meeting.