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Restrictions & Sanctions

Trading restrictions (Pakistan)

Trading restrictions imposed against Pakistan

Trading restrictions imposed by Pakistan

The following is applicable according to information received from local contacts.  

  • Vessels flying the flag of /  registered in Israel are not permitted to enter Pakistani ports. Non restricted vessels with Israeli crew and/or officers on board are permitted to enter Pakistani ports, however, such crew / officers will not be allowed ashore except in case of emergencies.

  • Vessels flying the flag of /  registered in the islands of Kinmen, Matsu, Penghu and Taiwan are permitted to enter Pakistani ports under the provision that such vessel do not fly their insignia whilst in port / Pakistani waters.

  • Vessels flying the flag of / registered in India  are permitted to enter Pakistani ports, however Indian crew arriving on vessels flying any flag are not issued shore leave passes except in case of emergency or repatriation under escort to a third country destination.  Indian crew arriving from third country origins are allowed to land and board the vessel under escort

Members attention is also drawn to the following circular letter dated 29 January 2005 issued by the Director General of Ports and Shipping, Karachi.

Guidelines for chartering oil/product tankers
This Ministry has noted with serious concern the absence of specific Government guidelines for tankers calling at Pakistani Ports. As a result, this Ministry has taken due cognizance and is of the opinion that issuance of policy guidelines in the form of a circular for chartering oil tankers/product tankers, irrespective of the type of cargo carried by them. At the first stage the Ministry intends to issue following policy guidelines for crude oil and product tankers on international voyage to and from Pakistani ports, in order to prevent the entry of sub-standards tankers in our ports.  

  1. Crude oil tanker with SBT/PL upto 25 years age;
  2. All product tankers with SBT/PL upto 25 years age;
  3. All such tankers must be classed with the classification society, which must be a member of International Association of Classification Societies (IACS);
  4. Tankers must comply with IMO Condition Assessment Scheme;
  5. Tanker charterers and oil terminals shall exercise due diligence in ensuring the quality of tankers in chartered;
  6. This circular shall be applicable to all crude oil and product tankers and any such tanker not complying with above guidelines, may not be permitted to enter ports or off shore installations area, anchor, any area under the jurisdiction of Pakistani ports, however, Port State Control after survey/satisfying may permit,
  7. The above guidelines shall come into force will effect from 5th April 2005.
  8. All shipping companies, charters and oil terminal operators are directed to strictly adhere to above guidelines.

See also United Nations Security Council Resolutions


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