LAHORE: The Ministry of Commerce (MoC) has proposed opening of Industrial Units with confirmed exports orders under special SOPs amid the ongoing CVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry secretary Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Shukhra proposed to the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) on steps taken so far towards mitigation of COVID-19 related issues of industries and opening of industrial units with confirmed export orders, documents disclosed.
It was decided that MoC will hold consultations with all the provinces for finalizing the procedure for opening of the industrial units with confirmed export orders and present its final proposal to NCOC on April 11, 2020.
The .MoC proposes the following procedure for considering applications of industrial units with confirmed export orders for exemption from the lockdown
As per details any such industrialist may apply either to the Deputy Commissioner of the district in which the industry is situated or to the Regional Office of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).
The applicant shall include the following documents as proof of the confirmed export order:
1 L/C of confirmed orders
2 Proforma Invoice of confirmed orders
3 Confirmed Purchase Orders with specific details of seller & buyers
4 Undertaking on stamp paper of Rs.100/-from the exporter that the product/commodities will not be sold in the domestic market and the mentioned order is confide.
In case of lack of capacity in the DC office for examining proof of confirmed export order, the Focal Persons of the DC office will furnish the same to the designated focal person of TDAP Regional Office, either through email or Whatsapps.
Contact list of all the Focal Persons of TDAP will be furnished to the Provincial Focal Person of each Province so that necessary coordination could be done.
Focal person of TDAP shall examine and give his opinion to the Focal Person of the DC office concerned by same means of communication within 24 hours, whereby the district administration may take a decision on the application.
Where applications are received by MoC/TDAP, the same will be forwarded to the Provincial Focal Person for further necessary action as outlined above.
For convenience of the provincial government/DC concerned, all applications referred to MoC/TDAP shall be forwarded to the Provincial Focal Person with the proposal that an undertaking shall be obtained from the applicant industrialist that they will operate the unit subject to the following terms & conditions:
1 Compliance with all federal/provincial SOPs that have been or shall be notified/ issued for Health Safety and Environmental (HSE) protocols
2 Compliance with all the notified Federal/Provincial laws and regulations that have been or shall be notified in terms of labour, manufacturing and transportation of goods within cities/provinces and to the ports
3 Compliance with rules and laws relating to cross border trade of goods for exports
4 Only bare minimum required labour would be allowed to work within the approved time framed.
Any other law/regulation/order that the respective provincial government may notify in future
The industry owner will produce proof of the export order for provincial/district authorities at the time of obtaining NOC as given at Sr. 2(i)
The MoC has forwarded the proposal alternate proposal or any other suggestion to aal chief secretaries of all the provinces.