Karachi, June 22, 2015 (PPI-OT): he Union of Small and Medium Enterprises ( UNISAME ) urged the Pakistani pre shipment inspection (PSI ) companies to be prepared to increase their efficiency and level of service to serve the SME sector in lieu of disbandment of Quality Review Committee (QRC ).
President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said with the decision to disband the QRC the Pakistani PSI companies will get an opportunity to get the PSI job of the SME rice exporters and it is therefore very necessary that they gear up for prompt and speedy inspection of rice and commodities and equip themselves with modern laboratories to carry out PSI with high level of inspection according to international standards.
Thaver said there are multinational companies carrying out PSI jobs but they are a little expensive and it is therefore very necessary that Pakistani companies offer competitive rates for the job and match their service and standard with the international companies.
QRC was entrusted with the task of PSI for basmati rice but became futile due to majority of shipments being of non basmati rice and the exporters have developed their own brands of blended rice. QRC became an impediment and the exporters did not get a free hand to export their own brands of rice prepared according to the buyers requirements.
The majority of rice exported is of 1121, 386 and rice skillfully blended with basmati rice under the brands of the exporters or the buyers. The rice industry is in deep turmoil due to lowered global demand and Iran not buying rice from Pakistan. The prices fell to almost half of last year resulting in huge losses for the growers, millers and the exporters and more than 1000 units have closed down.
The exporters have now to look for new markets, the growers need to modernize their farming to reduce cost and the millers need to improve their standards then only we will be able to compete.
For more information, contact:
Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME)
75/1 3rd Commercial Street,
Phase IV, D.H.A., Karachi, Pakistan
Cell: +92-300-8245307, +92-321-8245307