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Written by Muhammad Mudassir 6:47 pm Articles, Pakistan, Published Content

The National Logistics Corporation (NLC): Local Roots, Global Outreach

The National Logistics Corporation (NLC), formerly the National Logistics Cell, was founded in 1978 by General Zia-ul-Haq. It is a state-owned logistical company based in Rawalpindi, operating a great network of dry ports and warehousing facilities in Pakistan’s gateway towns and main commercial centers.
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Mr Muhammad Mudassir is a student of Bachelors of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies at Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad.


The National Logistics Corporation (NLC) was established by the government of General Zia-ul-Haq to provide arms and ammunition to Afghan Mujahideen against fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The NLC is now the leading logistics company in Pakistan, having over 40 years of experience providing a wide range of services. It operates under the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Special Initiative (PD&SI).

NLC guarantees a continuous logistics cycle through an ERP-enabled fleet management system that handles most local and regional freight. NLC has a clear vision to become a leading multimodal logistic organization in Pakistan with global outreach, supporting businesses, and providing a modern and comprehensive logistical solution in Pakistan. Most importantly, it is a logistical arm of the Armed Forces of Pakistan and supports the military in crises.

Services Offered by NLC

The National Logistics Corporation (NLC) operates a great network of dry ports and warehousing facilities in Pakistan’s gateway towns and main commercial centers. Additionally, NLC runs various border terminals that serve as important centers for trade facilitation in the transportation of products, with more than 40 offices in Pakistan.

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Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR)

The TIR service is an international system responsible for accelerating the international transportation of goods by road. It is the only international system that promotes regional connectivity and global trade. The first TIR operation was done by NLC in 2021 after the establishment of a direct land route between Pakistan, Azerbaijan, and Türkiye.

There are more countries where NLC transports goods including Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan Azerbaijan, Türkiye, and China. The NLC on its official website claims that they transport goods to these countries within 10 days. The humanitarian aid to Türkiye earthquake victims was a key humanitarian operation done by NLC.

Multimodal Transport

NLC operates an advanced fleet of trucks and trailers to transport cargo swiftly and safely. Through air and sea, the NLC Marine and Air Services (MAS) is responsible for the transportation of goods.

NLC multimodal transportation is responsible for construction material transportation, humanitarian aid both domestically and internationally, oil and gas distribution across the nation working with OGRA, and logistical support to the military forces. Some of the great achievements of NLC are the NLC OGRA-compliant vehicles lifting over 60% of crude oil and transporting a record 1.1 million tons of imported wheat.

Dry Ports and Border Terminals

A dry port is an intermodal inland terminal that is directly connected to seaports by rail and road, and it serves as a facility for trans-shipment that links sea cargo with inland destinations. NLC guarantees prompt handling of both incoming and outgoing freight. Due to the proximity of clearing services to business hubs, traders involved in both regional and international freight shipping sectors choose to handle their cargo at NLC dry ports for transshipment.

The dry port facilities at Sost (near Khunjerab), Thokar Niaz Baig Lahore, Jia Bagga Lahore, Quetta, Hyderabad, and Karachi are provided by NLC. Border terminals are strategic locations situated at international borders where goods and services, vehicles, and people cross between neighboring countries, and the primary purpose of it is efficient trade processes and ensure effective border management.

Border terminals are managed by NLC to facilitate traders and increase market accessibility. The NLC has developed border terminals at Torkham and Chaman (Pak-Afghan Border), Jamrud (Peshawar), Gulam Khan Kaley (North Waziristan), Wagah (Indo-Pak Border), Kharlachi and Taftan (Pak-Iran border).

The core purpose of the border terminal is to promote trade and economic growth and NLC is fully committed to it by developing more state-of-the-art border terminals Angor Addha, Badini, Tsatsobi) near the Pak-Afghan border and the Gabd and Mand near Iran border.

Engineering and Production Services

NLC has been providing its engineering and production services since 1978 and has the potential and capabilities to complete any project from dams to roads and many more. The well-known projects done by NLC engineers are Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metro bus services, Baad-e-Peshawar, Barakahu bypass, Islamabad Expressway, and Gora Chock Flyover Lahore.


The National Logistics Corporation (NLC) is Pakistan’s state-of-the-art multimodal logistical service provider. According to 2022 reports, NLC gained a record profit of 5.7 billion and a capital gain of 9.2 billion. A series of state-of-the-art dry ports and border terminal services are also a key role of NLC. Furthermore, the TIR operations by NLC further make its role more important in regional connectivity and trade.

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