February 17th, 2006: Export of mangoes from Pakistan to Netherlands is catching up fast. Export of mangoes from Pakistan is growing at a fast pace as the fruit is in great demand in the Netherlands. Markets in Netherlands have particularly responded to good quality imports of mangoes from Pakistan.
A large trade delegation is also due to visit Lahore in a few months to have first hand knowledge about the available business opportunities. Some Dutch companies are also exploring to make investment in the emerging economies such as Pakistan, especially in the business of import of fruit and vegetables.
This growing trade with Netherlands has also potential to act as a gateway to Europe. Presence of distribution points like the largest seaport in the world, ie, Rotterdam, the Schiphol airport and the head offices of multinational companies such as Shell, Unilever, Akzo Nobel, Philips and ABN Amro Bank indicated the infrastructural strength of the Netherlands.
He said the analysis of trade figures between the two countries showed that Pakistans exports to the Netherlands increased from 286.9 million dollars in 2002-3 to 345 million dollars in 2004-5. On the other hand, Netherlands exports to Pakistan had decreased from 194 million dollars in 2002-3 to 146.8 million dollars in 2004-5.
The LCCI vice president urged Dutch businessmen to invest in Pakistan on 100% equity basis or in the form of joint ventures with local industries as the output of these industries would not only be consumed in Pakistan, but would also find its way in the much expanded market of SAFTA, Central Asian Republics, Afghanistan and Gulf countries.