Pakistan is blessed with full of nature wonders himalayan salt one of them. In one country it has much more natural resources than any other country of this region.
Pakistan has great blessing of God, the world’s second largest salt mine, known as Khewra Salt mine which produces 98% pure salt (NaCl). The salt is famous in the world by its brand name The Himalayan Pink Salt.Khewra salt mine produces 389,134 tons of salt in 2019 and its total salt reserves were estimated around 82 million tons to 600 million tonnes.
In raw form it is 98% pure whle in 2% it contains little amounts minerals of Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sulphates and moisture. As trace elements it has Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Chromium.
According to previous studies, in 2003 mine has produced 385,000 tons of salt per annum, which amounts to almost half of Pakistan’s total production of rock salt. At that rate of output, the Mine would be expected to last for another 350 years!
Pakistan also export this salt to other countries.
The major importers of this salt are India and China but Pakistani salt is not sold in international market with its own branding while India is taking full advantage by using its own brands.
We export our salt as Halite (rock salt) while other countries are taking advantage and sell this salt with their own brand name.According to Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII), there is a trade agreement signed between India and Pakistan dated June 24,1949 for their exports.
Pakistan will export raw cotton, animal Hides & Skins, raw jute, rape & mustard seed and Rock salt.By this agreement, Pakistan is bound to export 74000 metric tons of rock salt to India.
In 2016 India has imported 625 metric tons of pink salt from Pakistan at price of 2.98 rupees per Kg and exported 15.09562metric tons salt to Korea, USA, UAE, Canada, Somalia and Spain at a price of average 125PKR/kg with its own packaging and brand name.
Interestingly, Pakistan has no agreement on any product with Israel but Israeli packed Pakistani salt is also available in International markets.
France is also selling Pakistani salt in its own branding and packing.
A few grams of Pakistani pink salt international market costs from £3 to £8 that is equal to 572 to 1525 Pakistani rupees.