Pakistan set to trademark its Pink Salt

Pakistan set to register Himalayan Pink Salt to stop misuse of the local product by India

Pakistani officials are all set to register the Himalayan pink salt as the country’s local product under the Geographical Indications (GI) tag in an attempt to stop the misuse of the product by India.

“We decided that, after registration of rice, pink salt from the Salt Range mountains of Pakistan will be registered as GI” said Commerce Adviser Razak Dawood. The decision was taken in a meeting with the Intellectual Property Organisation (IPO) Pakistan chaired by Razzak Dawood.

The move will prevent unauthorized use of Pakistan’s GI by other countries, particularly India which earlier acquired the pink salt as raw material and then re-exported it to foreign markets at a premium price as made in India products.

The trademark will also encourage Pakistani salt producers, expand their business at a global level and help the country earn revenue for its indigenous product with the increased export of pink salt.

The registration of GI products will serve as a potential economic tool to promote and enhance the national and international trade of Pakistan, the commerce adviser said. Speedy registration will protect GIs of Pakistan and eradicate the possibility of violation of these products, the added.

In January 2021, Pakistan received the geographical indication (GI) tag for its Basmati rice and is also striving to claim the same protection of its basmati in the European Union (EU) against India.

Pink Salt

The Himalayan pink salt is extracted from the Salt Range long the south of the Potohar Plateau and the north of the Jhelum River. The salt is mostly mined from Khewra Salt Mine which is the second-largest salt mine in the world. 

Pakistan’s Himalayan pink salt which has become quite popular abroad in recent years has a wide variety of uses such from cooking to spa therapy to beautiful lamps and statues. Pink salt is also believed to have health benefits and healing properties. 

Salma Khan
Salma writes on topics ranging from education to technology to business. She can be reached at Twitter and Facebook.

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