Free imports of live cattle18 June 2005
Chairman, Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA), Khawaja M Yousuf hailed the government's decision for allowing duty free imports of live animals from India and neighbouring countries, aimed particularly at meeting the requirements of meat at cheaper prices in the country for which quarantine houses are being established, according to a PTA press release. He further stated that with the import of livestock not only would the price of meat be cut but also the country would have a sufficient quantity of raw hides and skins as required by the leather sector industry. Khawaja Yousuf also stressed the need for permitting such imports from countries other than India and neighbouring countries so that Pakistani importers would be able to import the livestock wherever they become available at lower prices and higher quality. He has requested the government to allow the live animals to be imported without imposing any restriction on quantity. He urged the government to implement the decision by issuing official notification without delay.