2nd phase of China-Pakistan free trade deal in effect

The second phase of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement came into effect as of Sunday, officials said on Monday.

The new phase will allow the Pakistani manufacturers and traders to export around 313 new products to the Chinese market on zero duty.

“I congratulate China on implementation of the second phase of free trade agreement which will enhance bilateral trade and facilitate Pakistani traders to export its products to the Chinese market on zero duty,” Firdous Ashiq Awan, special assistant to prime minister on information and broadcasting, said on Twitter.

Beijing earlier approved premature activation of the second phase of the pact with Pakistan which was signed during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China in April 2019.

Awan added that the country’s textile sector will benefit the most under the agreement.

Pakistan is already enjoying zero duties on export of 724 products to China under the first free trade pact signed between the two countries in 2006. After the implementation of the second pact, Pakistan has been allowed to export more than 1,000 products to China with zero duties.

The new facility will particularly benefit the agriculture, leather, confectionary items and biscuits product sectors as well.

Last year, Pakistan signed an agreement with China to use Chinese currency for bilateral trade to get rid of the dollar burden in $15 billion bilateral trade.

According to official data, Pakistan’s bilateral trade volume expanded to reach some $15.6 billion in the 2019 financial year, up from $ 2.2 billion in 2005.

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