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TCS transports shipment to Tashkent by land – Business & Finance

KARACHI: Pakistan’s leading logistics company, TCS, transported another shipment of pharmaceuticals by road to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in accordance with TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) protocols, administered by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) of the United Nations.

TCS Private Limited is the first Pakistani company to qualify for international operations with Pakistani trucks and drivers. Among the requirements for this qualification are an electronic customs user interface and an international guarantee in favor of the “World Customs Organization”. More and more Pakistani companies are now lining up for this qualification as a direct result.

The vehicle from TCS Private Limited entered Uzbekistan, having endured days of heavy snowfall in the Afghan mountains. In a historic first, the crew of TCS Private Limited, freezing cold but enthusiastic with a sense of purpose, spent a night inside their truck on the famous Friendship Bridge, which forms the border between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan because the gates of both countries closed for the night as TCS Private Limited’s TIR truck crossed the bridge.

Incidents such as these and its previous piloting of TIR protocols relating to land, customs and border procedures have given TCS Private Limited invaluable experience in operating future trade routes between Pakistan and the Central Asian Republics.

This historic mission was carried out by TCS Private Limited in close coordination with the Ministry of Commerce, the Pakistan National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (PNC-ICC) and the Uzbek Association of International Freight Forwarders (UIFA).

Co-founder and Chairman of TCS Private Limited, Khalid Nawaz Awan, said TCP is proud to pioneer new routes and trade corridors that will rejuvenate the economies of this region. As the logistics backbone of Pakistan, TCS Private Limited will expand its physical footprint by opening its sales and customer support offices in countries across the region.”

It can be mentioned here that in early 2021, the TCS Private Limited pilot project was supported by the Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (PREIA) and USAID (United States Agency for International Development). The whole project was widely welcomed by the Uzbek and Pakistani governments in July 2021, during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Tashkent.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022