To handle imported coal efficiently and to avoid delays, All Pakistan Cement Manufacturing association demands unloading of imported coal at Karachi Port Trust instead of Pakistan International Bulk Terminal.
As reported by The Dawn, shipments face 10 to 20 days delays due to lineup at PIBT. Pressure at the port has surged due to rising demand of the cement in the country due to massive development.
On the contrary, PIBT spokesperson blames importers for non-coordination that result in congestion. He proposed that vessels must be scheduled to avoid choking.
Importers have been paying almost double demurrage since June 2018 when Supreme Court banned unloading of coal at KPT. So to avoid extra cost, importers have been demanding KPT as a substitute to PIBT.