KARACHI: Pakistan’s trade with different countries could be enhanced further if international laws of trade, Customs and shipping could be fully understood and practiced at local level by traders and businessmen or lawyers on their behalf.
This was stated by Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Mohammad Ather Saeed, while speaking as a chief guest at the launch ceremony of book “Manual of Ports, Shipping and Admiralty Law” by AMCO Enterprise at Karachi Club, said a statement.
He said the international trade disputes should be resolved on a fast track basis to boost the confidence of foreign investors in Pakistan, as well as protecting local businessmen in different countries in the settlement of issues of Customs, shipping and admiralty.
He said the laws and their implementation could be easily made at the local level when the field and its related legal issues are comprehended by lawyers and businessmen. However, complexity has observed in the laws of Customs, ports and shipping at local level due to unavailability of a guide, he added.
He expressed the hope that the book will serve as a comprehensive guide to the legal fraternity and traders in understanding issues of local and international trade by port and Customs.
The book will be equally fruitful for government officials at Customs, ports and maritime department to learn about the implementation of laws in a right way, avoiding any legal dispute and saving money and time of the country and the traders alike.
Author of the book, Mohammad Ahsan Ghani Siddiqui, who is an ex-engineer of merchant shipping and a practicing admiralty and international trade lawyer, said that the book has been written on high demand at local level to create convenience for legal fraternity and businessmen.
He said that laws and rules and regulations of Customs, shipping and admiralty have changed over the period of last couple of years but there were no such books available that address new developments to help the lawyers.
The book has been complied in a way that traders and professionals of maritime sector could understand various subjects of their fields and follow international trade laws in their business and duties, he further said.
The author said that the book is a complete guide for lawyers, government officials, freight forwarders, maritime executives, shipping engineers.
Mohammad Ahsan Ghani Siddiqui also presented a copy of the book “Manual of Ports, Shipping and Admiralty Law” to Justice Mohammad Ather Saeed.