Sukkur Dry Port



A dry port is an inland port situated away from coastal areas which is intended primarily to facilitate the business and trading community of a region where it is situated in a number of ways. First, by enabling customs clearance and payment of other dues at the doorstep it helps in saving of transaction costs especially time saving. Second, it acts as a transportation hub. Third, it acts as temporary storage site for goods. Fourth, it reduces burden of storage and customs clearance on existing seaports. Fifth, it boosts the regional economy in general.
In Pakistan, there are 11 dry ports most of which are under the management control of Pakistan Railways or National Logistics Cell. The Dry port at Prem Nagar near Lahore is the only Dry port built on public-private partnership mode under the management control of Dubai Ports World. In Sindh, there is only one Dry port at Hyderabad run by NLC. However, it is situated on only 4 acres and provides only a limited range of services.

Why Sukkur?

Sukkur has been chosen as the site for the proposed dry port because of number of reasons. First, Sukkur has one of the most strategic locations as it connects three provinces of Sindh, the Punjab and Balochistan. In Sindh, it is the nerve-centre of the entire irrigation system and also the junction for railway network. It adjoins rice growing belt of upper Sindh consisting of districts Shikarpur, Kashmore, Jacobabad, Dadu, and Larkana. Larkana is also known for extensive cultivation of guava and tomatoes. It is also the neighboring district of Khairpur, which has the highest concentration of date palms in Pakistan and contributes 60% of dates’ production per annum at 300,000 metric tons. Khairpur has also largest cultivation of mangoes and bananas.

Objectives of Sukkur Dry Port

A number of large-scale socio-economic benefits are anticipated from the establishment of the proposed Sukkur Dry Port, which are:

    • Facilitation for businesses including reduction of business costs
    • Creation of service industry in the region leading to job creation
    • Boosting of exports having backward impact on agriculture productivity
    • Infrastructure development
    • Overall economic progress of the region