Pakistan falls in such an agro-ecological region where dates are grown on large scale with superior quality.Pakistan is ranked as the 2nd largest exporter and 4th largest producer of dates in the world.A trade delegation of dates growers and exporters has arrived in Sri Lanka from Pakistan to enhance the bilateral trade and to introduce the Pakistani date varieties in the Sri Lankan market.
Items in the zero duty list of Pakistan include frozen fish, vegetables, spices, fruits/juices, polymers of vinyl chloride in primary forms, natural rubber, raw silk, tanned/crust skins, wool, some varieties of paper and board, carpet and floor covering, non-alloy aluminum, iron and steel products and toys/dolls.
Sri Lanka’s zero duty items under the FTA include chickpeas, dates, oranges, benzene, toluene, apparel and clothing accessories, ball bearing, penicillin/ streptomycin/ tetracycline and their derivatives and vacuum flasks.
Pakistan is the 2nd largest trading partner of Sri Lanka within the South Asian region.
The level of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka increased as a result of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Trade between the two countries increased from US$ 150 million to over US$ 300 million during the last three years, as it doubled within a short period of time with the positive support gained from the FTA.