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Exports into Pakistan still stalling

Afghan National Unity Government not fixing export problems

Last Sunday, a number of fruit traders said the National Unity Government (NUG) has been unable to resolve problems around the export of Afghanistan’s fresh fruits to Pakistan. Now around 70 percent of their fresh fruits, especially apples, that have been kept in cold rooms will soon spoil.

They said that, although Pakistan produce is coming into Afghanistan without any problems, their produce is not getting across the border. “Goods come in from Pakistan, but we cannot export to Pakistan. We want this problem to be resolved,” said Ahmad Shah Jan, a trader.

Officials from the Commerce and Industries Ministry meanwhile said they have discussed the issue with Pakistani officials and they have committed themselves to addressing the problem.

According to www.tolonews.com, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) meanwhile said they had sent a delegation to Pakistan to discuss the issue.

According to them, Pakistan has opened the crossing for Afghan traders to export goods to India, but Pakistan does not allow Afghanistan’s fresh fruits and vegetables to be sold on its markets due to the lack of quarantine certificates.

“From now our fruits can be exported to India through Pakistan, but Pakistan itself does not allow our fruits on its markets due to two reasons: First, we have to have that quarantine certificate, and second, they claim that the apples we export are Iranian apples,” ACCI deputy spokesman Khan Jan Alokozay said.

Publication date: 3/7/2018


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