QATAR EXPLORES PAK OPTION TO COUNTER BLOCKADE
As Qatar seeks to establish new trade routes amid a land, air and sea embargo imposed on it by its Arab neighbours, a Qatari shipping company is set to launch ‘the fastest direct service between Doha and the Pakistani port city of Karachi'.
Milaha (Qatar Navigation) is overseeing the venture. Its president and CEO, Abdulrahman Essa Al Mannai, said: “We have been vigorously ramping up our operations between Qatar and key Asian markets in response to growing demand from traders, importers and exporters on both sides.” Before the Gulf crisis took effect, most of Doha's shipments to and from Pakistan docked at Dubai's Jebel Ali port – a regional hub. However, with the Emirati port now out of bounds as a trans-shipment centre, Qatari companies are increasingly exploring alternative links to penetrate the Asian market.