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Tehran and Kabul to streamline trade relations

Officials from Afghanistan and Iran agreed in a meeting that Afghan goods trucks can cross into Iran without having to present bank guarantee letters. In addition to this, border tariffs will also be lowered, the Afghan press reports.

Last Monday, officials from the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries stated that both sides recognize the need to implement the World Road Association agreement and to lower transit costs. According to the Afghan ministry officials, the drop in tariffs will hopefully increase exports from Afghanistan to Iran, India and Persian Gulf countries.

“It was a productive meeting and scrapping the bank guarantee [regulations] for Afghanistan’s trucks has been a big achievement,” said the ministry’s spokesman, Muafir Quqandi.

According to, statistics show that Iran has in recent times become a major trade partner to Afghanistan and that bilateral trade has crossed the $2 billion per year mark. According to the Afghan commercial attaché to Iran, Iran holds a 22% share ($2.5 billion) on Afghanistan’s $11.5 billion consumer market.

Afghan exports to Iran have been very small, not much more than some $12 million on average over the past decade.

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