Tribune News Service
Amritsar, September 14
Even although no fund switch is going down by means of the Bank of Kabul, just a few importers, who’ve been into the commerce for many years, are getting provides of dry fruits from Afghanistan on credit resulting from their connections.
The commerce between the holy metropolis and Afghanistan goes again to centuries. Most of the enterprise homes in Majith Mandi, which is a hub of dry fruits and spices in the walled metropolis, are concerned in this commerce.
Anil Mehra, a city-based importer, mentioned: “The total enterprise is going down on credit now. No new import home is getting provides as the staff of the Bank of Kabul haven’t joined duties after the change of guard.”
Meanwhile, importers are busy assessing losses incurred after the imported Afghan dry fruit bought drenched in the downpour from leaking roofs just lately whereas being saved in warehouses on the Integrated Check Post (ICP), Attari-Wagah, 36 km from right here. He mentioned assessing the overall loss could be an onerous job because the saved materials was despatched to totally different elements of the nation. He, nevertheless, made it clear that they might not get good returns on drenched imported eatables. He mentioned: “Proper care shouldn’t be being taken regardless of paying heavy upkeep and demurrage (costs).”
Importers pay almost Rs22,000 per truck as upkeep costs on the very first day, when the fabric is unloaded in godowns. In addition, Rs4 per tonne demurrage is given for the subsequent two to a few days. This is raised to Rs50 per tonne for the subsequent 5 days after which it’s elevated to Rs150 per tonne.
Importers mentioned as a substitute of overlaying pricey eatables with tarpaulin sheets, some buckets had been positioned below the leaking roofs. Obviously, these weren’t enough to stop the seeping rainwater from reaching the baggage. They are irked on the authorities on the Integrated Check Post (ICP) for failing to guard the pricey eatables from rainwater.
Though no official of the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) got here ahead to make clear, sources mentioned holes had been made in the godown roofs to put in photo voltaic panels. Work for a similar is below manner. However, the rainwater managed to make its manner contained in the godowns by means of these holes.
BK Bajaj, a city-based dry fruit importer, mentioned: “Though the Bank of Kabul is mendacity closed for need of employees, the Afghan exporters are dispatching materials in good religion and on credit to clear their inventory of freshly harvested crop. So, over 30 vehicles are arriving on the ICP day by day.”
Recently, his counterparts in Afghanistan conveyed to him to pay for the imported materials by means of third nation. Most of the Afghan exporters have chosen the UAE for funds.