Overview of the Chemical Industry in Pakistan and How to Buy Chemicals

The Flag of Pakistan, Where Camachem Export Chemicals for Sale

Introduction to Pakistan

  • Population: 216 million people
  • Capital: Islamabad
  • Official Language: English and Urdu
  • Total Area: 796,095 km2
  • Currency: Pakistani rupee

Economy of Pakistan

Economic Overview:

    • Pakistan has the 2nd largest economy in South Asia.
    • Pakistan has a GDP of $278,000,000,000.00.
    • The largest industries: Textiles and Apparel, Chemicals, Fertilizers, Mining, Oil and Gas, Cement, Automotive Industry, Construction and Real Estate, Compressed Natural Gas, Transportation, and the Telecommunication Industry.

Economy Breakdown of Pakistan:

      • Service sector: 62%
      • Industry: 20%
      • Agriculture: 19%

Pakistan's Main Import Partners:

      • China: 25%
      • United Arab Emirates: 13%
      • United States: 5%
      • Saudi Arabia: 5%
      • Indonesia: 4%

Pakistan’’s Main Export Partners:

      • China: 9%
      • United Kingdom: 7%
      • Germany: 6%
      • United Arabs Emirates: 6%
      • United States: 17%

Chemical use in Pakistan

Given the economic growth of Pakistan, it is an attractive country for chemical trade. Pakistan's chemical industry is diverse and includes mining, chemicals, oil and gas, cotton textile and apparel, machinery, fertilizer, cement, pharmaceuticals, construction and real estate, and the automotive industries.

The chemical sector contributes to about 3% of the National GDP and about 16% of Pakistan's manufacturing GDP.

      • Textile industry

This is the largest manufacturing industry in Pakistan and the 8th largest exporter of textile products globally. The industry contributes more than 60% of Pakistan's total exports.

The textile industry's GDP contribution is 8.5% and employs an estimated 38% of Pakistan's workforce.

Pakistan uses large amounts of industrial chemicals in the manufacturing processes, some of which are manufactured locally but most imported.

Camachem has supplied industrial chemicals to Pakistan, such as Poly vinyl alcohol (PVA).

      • Mining Industry

Pakistan has mineral deposits such as gold, copper, chromite, coal, mineral salts, silica, dolomite, gypsum, natural gas, and crude petroleum. Coal mining is one of the country's oldest industries.

The industry has shown a declining performance in growth from about 9% in July 2019 to less than 4% in February 2020, contributing about 2.5% to Pakistan's GDP.

Pakistan uses large amounts of mining chemicals, some of these chemicals are manufactured locally, but most mining chemicals are imported.

Camachem has supplied industrial chemicals to Pakistan, such as Hydroxamic Acid, Collectors, and Dithiophosphate.

      • Water Treatment Industry

Pakistan has been experiencing water shortages due to prevailing droughts, a shift in demand and consumption of freshwater, and depleting ground and surface water.

Industrialization, urbanization, and constant population growth have led to an increased demand for clean and safe water.

Pakistan uses large amounts of water treatment chemicals. Some of these chemicals are manufactured locally, but large amounts are imported.

Camachem has supplied water treatment chemicals to Pakistan, including Calcium Hypochlorite and Ferric Chloride.

Seaports and Trading Hubs of Pakistan

Pakistan is accessible by both land and sea. For international trading, the main seaports are:

      • Port of Karachi
      • Port of Muhammad Bin Qasim
      • Keti Buder Sea Port
      • Gwadar Port

Camachem uses the Port of Karachi, which is the largest and busiest seaport in Pakistan.

Seaports and Trading Hubs in Pakistan

      • International trading seaports and trading hubs in Pakistan, including the largest and the busiest port of Karachi.

The Port of Karachi in Pakistan

      • The port of Karachi handles over 60% of the nation's cargo

What Chemicals does Pakistan Import?

According to the latest trade data, Pakistan imports USD 523.4 million in inorganic chemicals and USD 2.4 billion in organic chemicals. They include chemicals such as:

What Regulations are there on Importing Chemicals to Pakistan?

Chemicals importation requires proper guidelines to ensure proper handling of all chemicals, including hazardous chemicals. The following are the requirements:

      • Bill of Landing.
      • Certificate of Compliance.
      • Product Certification and Labelling
      • License and Permits
      • Special Certificate
      • Public Health Requirements
      • Methods of Quotation
      • Risk-Based Trade Control Systems
      • Commercial Invoice
      • Inspection and Examination Procedures
      • Valuation
      • Insurance Certificates
      • Cargo Release Order
      • Certificate of Origin
      • Packing List
      • Certificate of Weight and Volume

Why Should Pakistan Import Chemicals?

      • High Cost of Chemicals - To avoid incurring extra costs, most industries prefer to buy from international markets.
      • Chemical Quality - Local industries lack consistency in producing and maintaining quality. This has contributed to the increasing number of chemicals imports.
      • Long-Term Agreements - Most local industries cannot maintain a contract beyond 10 years, so most customers prefer to source chemicals from the international market.

Propenyl Ethyl Ether for Sale in Pakistan

Propenyl Ethyl Ether is one of the key chemicals that we export to Pakistan

      • Propenyl Ethyl Ether ready for shipment. Wear personal protective gear when handling this chemical.

Where Can I Buy Chemicals for Pakistan?

Camachem has been exporting chemicals to clients in Pakistan. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation.

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