About Pakistan: Port Qasim (or Qasim Port) Karachi

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Port Qasim is Pakistan’s second busiest port, handling about 40% of the nation’s cargo (about 25 million tonnes per annum). It is located in an old channel of the Indus River at a distance of 35 kilometres east of Karachi city centre.

Port Qasim is Pakistan’s first industrial and multipurpose port. It is on the coastline of the Arabian Sea. The port encompasses a total area of 49 km2. Port Qasim has one integrated container terminal.

The geographic position of the Port Qasim places it in close proximity to major shipping routes. Location of the Port Qasim makes it very well connected to the transportation infrastructure of the country. It is at distance of only 15 km from the national highway, providing direct access to the hinterland through road.

A further 14 km of railway track inside the terminal links Port Qasim to the national railway network through 6 railway tracks. Jinnah International Airport is also very near; at a distance of 22 km. Port Qasim’s residential area is a neighbourhood of Bin Qasim Town of Karachi.

Port Qasim and Karachi Port together handle more than 90% of all external trade of Pakistan. Qasim port also provides direct waterfront access to two major nearby industrial areas, Export Processing Zone (Landhi) and Korangi Industrial Area. Approximately 60% of country’s export and import is originated from these areas. Port Qasim is managed by Port Qasim Authority, a semi-autonomous government body.

Port Qasim is located on the northwest edge of the Indus Delta system. The system is characterized by long and narrow streams, mud flats and the Indus River Delta-Arabian Sea mangroves, one of the largest mangrove forest ecosystems found in an arid climate.

In 1972 eight species of mangrove trees were recorded from Pakistan, however, only four continue to thrive. Local schoolchildren and other stakeholders like Port Qasim Authority and the Government Forest Department.

Recently Port Qasim Authority (PQA) has announced that an implementation agreement is being signed for the development of “pollution free” Coal, Cement and Clinker Terminal (CCCT). This step would save the environment from irreparable damages and the health of the port workforce and nearby populations from serious respiratory diseases which would have been a serious threat if the powdery coal was handled in open on berths at port.