United Marine Agencies – Supplements

TEXT: It is my pleasure to contribute to the development of Japan-Pakistani relations, especially at this very important time of the celebrations in 2022 marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan.

Since the beginning of our warm relationship in 1952.

Development cooperation between the two countries had already started in 1954 and continues to this day. The export of Pakistani products to Japan in 2021 set high records. In addition, Japanese companies based in Pakistan have established long-standing business relationships with Pakistan and contributed to Pakistan’s economic development through extensive investment and employment.

Japan has been a member of the Aid to Pakistan Consortium since 1961 and regularly provides financial support to Pakistan in its development programs. As the world’s third largest economy, Japan has a nominal GDP of over $5 trillion, while Pakistan’s is close to $250 billion and growing rapidly.

Japan has been at the forefront of helping Pakistan with its development needs; Examples include Ghazi Barotha Hydroelectric Power Project, Daudkhel Fertilizer Factory Modernization, Indus Highway, Jamshoro Thermal Power Plant, Kohat Tunnel and numerous others in the social sectors such as building children hospitals and providing equipment to basic health units among others across Pakistan, supporting technical and vocational education, improving drinking water supply, improving environmental conditions and even upgrading security measures at major airports and seaports with state-of-the-art control equipment, most of which are funded through direct grants to Pakistan.

The Pakistan-Japan Business Forum (PJBF) is a bilateral forum established in 2001 to promote trade and investment between the two friendly countries. To reach this goal. There are currently over 85 Japanese companies operating in Pakistan, providing over ten thousand jobs and supporting the treasury with over Rs 60 billion in taxes annually. In the industrial sector, Japan leads the automotive sector with almost all well-known Japanese brands present; the first among them, which began in 1980.

For this compelling reason, UMA expects to further strengthen ties by strengthening mutual exchanges of knowledge, trade, development and goodwill for the benefit of countries.

UMA extends congratulations and appreciation to both Japan and Pakistan for their significant assistance in strengthening this friendship over the past 70 years.


Established in 1988, United Marine Agencies UMA is one of Pakistan’s top five shipping companies with some of the world’s most recognized brands. Known for providing efficient and economical shipping, cargo and related maritime services in Pakistan and beyond, UMA acts primarily as a shipping agent for liner, container, bulk, passenger cruise, tanker and conventional vessels calling at the ports of Pakistan. UMA strives to be the leading provider of shipping and logistics solutions, creating enduring value for its customers, clients, shareholders, employees and the communities in which it operates.

Mr Sohail Shams is Chief Executive Officer of United Marine Agencies – one of Pakistan’s leading shipping agencies. Trained and nurtured under the watchful eye of his father, Mr. Shams-ul-Haq, a legend in Pakistan’s shipping industry. Mr. Sohail Shams has over three decades of experience and deep insight into the shipping industry.

Currently, the company represents many reputable shipping companies such as Hyundai Merchant Marine Company Ltd., HAMBURGSUD, RCL, KMTC, Swire & CEEKAY calling at Pakistani ports. In addition to the usual duties that an agency performs, UMA also oversees and handles all port operations through its designated staff who are licensed stevedores and terminal operators and maintain fully equipped container terminals inside and outside the port boundaries. The company’s quality management system is recognized and certified by Bureau Veritas according to the ISO 9001-2015 standard. UMA has also obtained ISO 9002 certification for its “Quality Management Systems”. UMA accepts cargo for virtually every region of the world, including the Far East. Australia, New Zealand, Red Sea. Europe, USA, East Mediterranean, West Mediterranean, West Africa, Gulf, South America, etc. UMA’s specialty is providing services to importers of petroleum products, especially the Department of Petroleum. We also take care of ships calling at Pakistani ports to load molasses or chemicals. In addition, UMA represents a number of shipping companies that operate their vessels to offload palm oil and other plant products. UMA offers a full door-to-door service for the transportation of containers of FCL cargo within Pakistan. We also work with importers and distributors who need professional help in transporting their goods from Karachi to inland destinations.

Sohail Shams

Managing Director United Marine Agencies Pvt Ltd

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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