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Pakistan considers Afghan request to remove duties on fruit & veg

The Prime Minister’s Adviser on Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood, has stated that the 2007 to 2017 export volume from Pakistan to Afghanistan remained up at Rs158,78 billion (€1.11 bln) while import volume remained up at Rs 233,37 billion (€1.64 bln).

In a written reply to a question in the Senate, he said the transit trade between the two countries was governed by the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement, signed in 2010.

An inter-ministerial bilateral meeting between Pakistan and Afghanistan was held on May 8 of this year at the Ministry of Commerce, Islamabad. The purpose of the meeting was to improve bilateral trade relations. The Afghan side requested for removal of regulatory duties on fresh fruits, vegetables, dry fruits and other goods.

“The Ministry of Commerce assured to accommodate the Afghan request to the highest possible extent. A summary has been submitted to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in its meeting held on May 11, 2018, to remove regulatory duties from major import items from Afghanistan consisting of fruits, vegetables and dry fruits. In addition, the ministry was also agreed to facilitate Afghan cotton exports to Pakistan,” the advisor said in his letter to the Senate.


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