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Pakistan import/export help and advice

Pakistan's business profile

Pakistan economy remains resilient with a population of 175 million (2006) and a workforce of over 56 million it is not difficult to see why. The Pakistan economy continues to grow by 2.7% (2009) per year.

The UK is one of the major destination points of Pakistani goods with over 4.5% (2008) of all Pakistan exports going to the UK. Major goods exported from Pakistan are:

Garments, bed linen, cotton cloth, yarn, rice, leather goods, carpets, rugs and leather goods.

There are many business opportunities with Pakistan and one should not shy away from these due to fear of the unknown. The elite use English as a first language so communication is easier than with many other countries around the world.

Manufacturing in Pakistan is the second largest sector of the Pakistani economy producing 18.20% of GDP, there is a huge potential to find the exact goods that you are looking for. Often smaller production runs are also possible as there are cost effective managers and technical workers.

Pakistans's ports: Karachi, Port Qasim.

Pakistans's airports: Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore.

There are many government bodies that will help you to trade with Pakistan:

If you are exporting we suggest that you sell on an FOB (Free on Board) basis also if importing buy on a FOB basis. On export this helps turn around funds quicker as your responsibility ends once cargo is loaded onto ship or aeroplane, you have completed your contract and you are not responsible for any delays.

On imports buying FOB is again the preferred term of shipment. In this way you have control on your shipping costs fully as these will be agreed in the UK with a UK company. You also have control over the lead time of your goods. Cargo will arrive when you want it to arrive and not just when it suits your supplier to send out. You have authorise payment through your bank one cargo is despatched to ensure that you have required paperwork to receive, custom clear and take delivery of cargo.

Importing from Pakistan

  1. Establish a relationship with supplier.
  2. Confirm terms of trade. Most popular are FOB or CIF.
  3. Agree payment terms ie deposit balance on receipt of goods/documents
  4. Approve samples.
  5. Place an order with new supplier in writing. Confirming the exact order, trade terms and advise all documents you need.
  6. Appoint your freight forwarder / custom broker.

Exporting to Pakistan

  1. Establish a relationship with new buyer.
  2. Confirm terms of trade. Most popular are FOB or CIF.
  3. Agree payment terms for deposit; balance on receipt of goods/documents.
  4. Have samples approved.
  5. Receive an order with new buyer in writing. Confirming the exact order, trade terms and agree all documents you will provide.
  6. Appoint your freight forwarder.