|PAKISTAN: Pakistan to
allow duty free food imports
04 May 2005
Pakistan has decided to allow the duty free import by
land of five food items; meat/live animals, potatoes,
tomatoes, onion and garlic.
According to the Indo Asian News Service the decision
was taken at a high-level meeting on Tuesday of the
Price Control Committee chaired by Prime Minister Shaukat
Aziz. The main beneficiary is expected to be India.
The decision was made after the meeting reviewed the
prices of essential edible items in the capitals of
neighbouring countries. Of the 11 items reviewed by
the committee, nine were priced 15-50% higher in Islamabad
than in New Delhi, The News reported Wednesday.
Salman Shah, the prime minister's adviser on finance,
said the import of edibles had been allowed from neighbouring
countries since prices there were lower.
The decision means that the traditional trade between
the Lahore and Amritsar markets via the Wagah border