The first ship carrying imported wheat will dock in Pakistan next week, said Ministry of Food Security on Wednesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
According to the ministry, the Plant Protection Department has so far issued permits to 380 private importers for importing wheat.
The ministry said the permits have been issued to the importers for importing 15,76,000 tons of wheat. Six letters of credit have been opened and work is underway on two of them, the ministry added.
The ministry further said that nine ships have been booked for bringing in 65,000 metric tons of wheat into the country till October 2020.
The first ship carrying 60,804 metric tons wheat will reach Pakistan on August 26, the ministry said and added, the second ship carrying 65,000 metric tons wheat will dock in Pakistan on August 28.
The third ship carrying 69,000 metric tons of wheat will reach Pakistan on September 8 and the fourth one carrying 55,000 metric tons wheat will reach Pakistan on September 12.
The fifth ship with 65,000 metric tons wheat will come to Pakistan on September 17 and on September 19 sixth ship carrying 65,000 metric tons wheat will dock in Pakistan, the ministry said.
The ministry further said that the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) has sought international tenders for importing 1.5 MMT wheat.
The first shipment of the imported wheat under TCP will arrive in Pakistan in the second week of October 2020, the Ministry of Food Security said.
Waqas Azeem reported this news for 24NewsHD TV channel.