Pakistan Trade Associations

Directory Business, Industry and Trade Associations

Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP)
The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan is a body corporate established on 8 November, 2006, under a Presidential Ordinance. The Ordinance will be tabled in the Parliament as an Act for approval. The TDAP is the successor organization to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and is mandated to become a dedicated, effective and empowered organization that is professionally managed. TDAP, as part of its trade ‘development’ mandate, as opposed to ‘export promotion’ only, will be dedicated to the ‘holistic’ development and promotion of goods and services for exports globally. TDAP in this enhanced responsibility and role will create direct linkages with stakeholders, local and abroad, aiming for a ‘Quantum Leap’ in exports. The administrative ministry of the TDAP will be the Ministry of Commerce.

Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI)
The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry was originally formed in 1949 by Mr. G. Allana with headquarters in Karachi but its membership then was confined to a limited number of bodies. With the reorganization of trade bodies in 1959-60 the Federation has been reorganized and broad-based by virtue of the resolutions at an All Pakistan Convention of Businessmen held in April, 1960 in Rawalpindi. The convention was presided over by Mr. M. A. Rangoonwala, the then President of the Federation.

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All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA)
All Pakistan Textile Mills Association is the premier national trade association of the textile spinning, weaving, and composite mills representing the organized sector in Pakistan. APTMA emerges as the largest association of the country as it represents 396 textile mills out of which 315 are spinning, 44 weaving and 37 composite units. These spinning mills have production facilities of texturing, mercerizing and dyeing of yarns; weaving mills have sizeable number of air-jet looms, and the composite mills have manufacturing facilities from spinning to finished textile products under one roof. The total installed capacity of APTMA member mills accounts for 9,661,366 spindles, 61,608 rotors, 10,452 Shuttleless/Airjet Looms and 1897 conventional looms. The Association’s members produce spun and open-end yarn, grey, printed dyed fabrics and bed linen.

Karachi Cotton Association (KCA)
Incorporated in 1933, Karachi Cotton Association is the recognized Cotton Association for the whole of Pakistan. All sections of the trade are represented on the Board of Directors. Maintains a code of fair and equitable trading practices in the form of rules, regulations and bye-laws. Maintains a suitable set of standards for classification of Cotton and provides for just settlement of disputes. It handles matters affecting the general interests of the cotton trading community. It offers the buyers and sellers opportunities to obtain useful information regarding the ruling cotton prices and current market conditions throughout the world.

Leather Products & Development Institute (LPDI)
Sialkot is one of the leading export cities of Pakistan. Its main exports are leather, leather products, sports goods and surgical instruments etc. The area has been involved in the Tanning from centuries. Earlier, focus was on low quality leather products on small scale.
Leather Industry Development Organization (LIDO) now merged with Export Promotion Bureau had established a Leather Products Development Centre (LPDC) at Sialkot in 1985 to impart training in leather Gloves Manufacturing. With the passage of time, industry expanded, diversification took place, which resulted in the demand of high quality leather products with modern touch.
It has therefore become necessary requirement to work for the adoption of modern technology for the production of standardized value added leather products. A survey conducted by Cleaner Production Centre (CPC) Sialkot revealed that there are 250 tanneries of different sizes in Sialkot.
In order to support diversification drive, the LIDO prepared a scheme for up gradation of Leather Products Development Centre to Leather Products Development Institute. The proposal was approved and completed out of Export Development Fund.

Pakistan Cotton Fashion Apparel Association (PCFA)
Pakistan Cotton Fashion Apparel Manufacturers & Exporters Association is a prominent Licensed Trade Body. It is the largest export earning sector representing highly dynamic and value added industry in leather and leather products besides being job oriented sector. The industry employs about 200,000 people directly, producing fine quality finished Cotton Fashion Apparel for export as well as for home consumption. It contributes the overall export earnings of the country and is considered to be the most significant factor which plays viable role in revamping economic spectrum of the country. 250 Members currently registered with Pakistan Cotton Fashion Apparel Association from all over the country are actively engaged in manufacturing and fully geared towards promoting export of quality finished Cotton Fashion Apparel products on modern pattern as per international demand and are playing their positive role in earning much needed foreign exchange by invigorating country’s exports. They are courageously prepared to meet the challenges of WTO regime and other global pressures with quality consciousness and full sense of responsibilities to uphold the impeccable image of leather industry within the ambit of national policies, rules & regulations and international conditional ties.

Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA)
Pakistan Cotton Ginners’ Association is a representative body, which takes care the interest of the ginners and coordinates their problems with the Federal and Provincial Government Agencies to resolve them. After independence in 1947 the Cotton Ginning Industry in Pakistan had desolate and farlon look of dependency due to the migration of Hindu and Sikh owners who left Pakistan not only with the know how but also with most parts of the ginning machinery to India. The Pakistan took over the industry mostly by allotment as an evacuee property and tried to operate the factories what so ever machinery was available through trials and tribulations set the Industry in motion. This happened from 1947 to 1950. During this period the Provincial Government came out with Punjab and Bahawalpur Cotton Control Act and tried to regulate working condition of the ginning factories through Cotton Inspectors. In 1960 the Cotton Ginning Factories were transferred from the allottees to the new buyers. The new owners of the ginning factories braved the situation and with the best of their ability and available means, left no stone unturned in boostering up the efficiency of ginning operations and standardization of lint, quality wise and grade wise in Pakistan. The Cotton Control Act 1949 was replaced with Pakistan Cotton Control Act 1966, which is now covering the Punjab and Sindh Provinces.

Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association (PHMA)
Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association is the premier trade organization representing the hosiery and knitwear industry accelerating and providing growth in all sectors of the economy, generating immense employment and promoting national self reliance. Its history dates back to the year 1960 when Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association was established by a few dedicated industrialists and leading manufacturers of hosiery and knitwear and registered with the ministry of commerce under section 26 of the companies act 1913 on the 7th day of july 1960 and incorporated under the companies act 1913 on the 31st day of august 1960 with the main object: “to promote, develop, protect, stimulate and encourage the hosiery, knitwear and all made-ups, fabrics, home textile products of cotton, wool, silk or man-made fibers and to raise the standard of their production and enhance exports” among other aims & objects.

Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA)
PTEA is an apex private Associations of Pakistan textile exporters headquarter in Faisalabad, textile capital of Pakistan with its circle office at Karachi. The Association was established in 1985 under the name of All Pakistan Cloth Exporters Association as First Class Trade Body of Pakistan. later on to expand the scope name was transformed into Pakistan Textile Exporters Association.