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Afghanistan: Businessmen want raised tariffs on Pakistani products

Afghan entrepreneurs have called on their government to impose higher tariffs on Pakistani goods coming into the country. This comes at a time when Pakistan has imposed high tariffs on Afghanistan's fruits and vegetables during the harvest season.

'Afghan markets are filled with Pakistani and Iranian products. The Afghan government should also impose tariffs on these countries to protect domestic products,' said a businessman.

Pakistan hikes up its tariffs on Afghan vegetables and fruits every year during the harvest season and lowers it again when the season ends. This year the neighboring country has increased tariffs by three times—from $600 on every truck to over $1,900- on Afghanistan's pomegranates. Also, the tariff on Afghan potatoes has been increased by up to 30%. As a result, Afghan farmers and businessmen are obliged to sell their products at much lower prices due to the lack of a proper market.

According to, this comes as the Afghan government has opened its air corridors with India, China and some Central Asian countries to export the country's goods.

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