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Karachi: Pakistan-Turkish Joint Business Council of FPCCI Chairman, Amjad Rafi has appreciated the opening of the direct land route to Turkey for trade.

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He acknowledged the efforts by the National Logistics Cell (NLC) which materialized and Transports Internationaux Routiers (International Road Transports) license/permit was issued for the route for transportation of goods from Pakistan to Turkey, said in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The senior business leader said this would not only save shipment time but freight as shipping companies were charging five times high.

Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad road corridor was going to be revived by NLC to perform the first commercial run by transporting high-value products from Pakistan to Turkey in the last week of this month.

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PTJBC Chairman said Turkey was a gateway to European countries, with a huge market for textile raw material i.e. denim, yarn and Pakistan would be able to transport the raw material to Europe much before Bangladesh.

Against shipping time of around one month, he said, through the land route the shipment would reach Turkey or vice versa in ten days. The service would be beneficial for both exporters and importers.

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