Country and Port Information
Anchor Shipping & Trading (Pvt)
Ltd is one of the pioneers in its sector of the Pakistan economy.
Pakistan is our home and we have always been interested in
introducing our country to our international customers and
Agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan's economy, employing
almost 50% of the population.
Wheat, rice, cotton, sugarcane, and tobacco are the chief
crops, and cattle and sheep are raised. Most of Pakistan's
agricultural output comes from the Indus basin. The country
is now self-sufficient in food, as vast irrigation schemes
have extended farming into arid areas, and fertilizers and
new varieties of crops have increased yields.
Pakistan's industrial base is able to supply many of the country's
needs in consumer goods, although production has slowed in
The country's natural resources provide materials for such
industries as textile production (the biggest earner of foreign
exchange), oil refining, metal processing, and cement and
Remittances from Pakistanis working abroad constitute the
second largest source of foreign exchange.
Since the mid-1950s electric power output has greatly increased,
mainly because of the development of hydroelectric power potential
and the use of thermal power plants.
Pakistan's chief imports are petroleum, machinery, transport
equipment, chemicals and edible fats and oils.
The chief trading partners are the European Union nations,
the United States, Japan, and China. In 2002, Pakistan has
restored good relations with most of the international financial
institutions and had managed to greatly improve its fiscal
and foreign exchange situation.
Map of Karachi with links to Terminal and Port
Authority web sites.
General Comments and Background on the Ports
Firstly, there are two ports in Karachi. One is Karachi Port, sometimes
known as Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Karachi (Old Port) or Keamari.
Our Principals mostly utilize Karachi Port.
The other port is Port Mohommad Bin Qasim, otherwise known as Port
Karachi Port has two integrated container terminals and some conventional
berths while Port Qasim has one integrated container terminal.
Karachi Port has Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT)
which is a Hutchinson owned terminal. This terminal is located on
the West Wharf of Karachi. This is important as moving cargo from
East Wharf to West Wharf is not easy. KICT caters to main line operators
and most of the feeder operators call East Wharf where they have
to use their ships gear or the mobile cranes. East Wharf also
has a container terminal called PICT
which is run by ICTSI.
Port Qasim is located at a distance of 50km from Karachi City Center and 15 km from National Highway. Qasim International Container Terminal (QICT) is located in Port Qasim and handles 100% of the containerized cargo for that port. It is owned by DPW and the Mega-In Group.
There are four off dock bonded CFS warehouses which are authorized
by the government. Two are located near Karachi port and two near
Commercial Comments: In general Karachi
Ports East Wharf is the least productive and inefficient of
all three. But, as Karachi importers and exporters find it cheaper
to use, the trade maintains a favourable view of it.
The second most favourable place is KICT, which is also close to
Karachi, but unlike east wharf is productive and efficient. Lastly,
QICT, is far from Karachi and has similar charges to most Container
Terminals. Some industries located in Qasim Industrial Area like
it for proximity, and some industries in Northern Pakistan also
avoid certain excise taxes if they do not transit through Karachi
Karachi Port Information for Tankers
Port Qasim Information for Tankers