STAFF REPORT LHR: The government should ask the national flag carrier and other cargo services to cut freight by 50 per cent for mango growers on American and European Union routes.

“Chaunsa and Anwar Ratol mango varieties of southern Punjab are very popular in the US market but its shipping is too costly,” President of Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) Mian Anis A Sheikh has said in a statement.

He said that shipping and handling costs are about $22 for a two-kilogram carton.

“Exporters should be given more options for shipping and irradiation destinations to bring down costs and facilitate importers to the US,” he said urging the authorities to renegotiate with US officials for fresh agreement regarding mango exports.

According to him, unless this is done, Pakistani exporters would be saddled with unnecessary restrictions regarding shipment and irradiation facilities.  He suggested local exporters to explore other international markets to get a fair return for their produce.

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