In recent developments, Pakistan’s Ministry of Industries and Production has suspended the manufacturing licenses of three auto companies due to their failure to meet export targets, according to insider sources.
These car and auto part manufacturers have reportedly violated Pakistan’s auto policy and fallen short of export expectations. The action taken by the ministry was a response to these companies’ inability to meet the conditions set for localizing auto manufacturing.
Sources indicate that the auto firms not only failed to increase local car production but also could not meet the prescribed 2% export targets. It’s important to note that these car manufacturers are obligated to produce vehicles and spare parts locally.
Officials within the ministry have stated that the government does not plan to extend the licenses of these companies.
This development comes at a time when three major auto manufacturers in Pakistan have temporarily halted production due to a shortage of essential raw materials this month.
Earlier this month, Pakistan marked a significant milestone by entering the global car market. The country exported its first batch of 14 modern SUV vehicles to Kenya and Tanzania.
This achievement was made possible through the Pakistan-Chinese automotive joint venture, Master Changan Motors. They became the first auto company to export SUV vehicles to foreign countries from Pakistan.
The initial shipment of 14 SUV vehicles to Kenya and Tanzania was celebrated with a prestigious ceremony in Karachi, attended by Federal Secretary of Industries and Production, Asad Rehman.
This development is a positive note for Pakistan as it enters the global car market amid the challenges of an ongoing economic crisis.