The Pakistan Post, which has been on the path of improvement over the past few months, announced another new service to assist the people of Pakistan, businessmen specifically.
In a ceremony conducted at the Pakistan Post head office, the Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed formally announced the launch of their Export Parcel Service or EMS Plus.
The Federal Minister, in the presence of the special assistant to the Prime Minister on Media Affairs, Director General of Pakistan Post and Secretary Postal Services, lauded the inauguration of the service and stated that it was a part of the Government’s efforts to make loss-making state institutions profitable.
Export Parcel Service or EMS Plus is a significant and highly accommodative development for the small businesses operating throughout the country. EMS Plus would enable small traders to get their consignments delivered to foreign countries within 72 hours, at significantly lower rates.
As stated by the Federal Minister, this service had initially been introduced as a pilot project for a few cities including Faisalabad, Lahore and Sialkot, which would allow traders to send parcels weighing up to 30 Kgs to countries to six countries including Australia, Thailand, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Japan and UAE. The service would be extended to other cities of Pakistan and more foreign countries would be added to this service in the second phase very soon.
The Minister for Communications and Postal Services also claimed that EMS Plus would cost about 175% less than what private courier services usually charge.
Introduction of this service would make the whole mechanism of exporting goods easier, more cost-effective and faster for small businesses and traders of Pakistan. This would provide a much-needed boost to the export industry of the country, improving the balance of payment deficit in long term.
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Reportedly, advertisements for hiring services of courier companies in countries that are a part of this service would soon be floated and designated counters would be established at airports to assist the whole process of dispatching consignments. Moreover, Pakistan Post would also collaborate with online shopping platforms to offer their services