The export of mangoes from Pakistan to Iran through the Taftan border in Balochistan has been severely affected as trade is allowed for limited timing and days, according to All Pakistan Food and Vegetable Exporters Association.
In a letter to the Minister for the Interior, Ijaz Ahmad Shah, on Monday, exporters stated that presently the border is open for alternate days from 8am to 2pm.
Seventy-five trucks that had come from Iran with LPG gas, cement and miscellaneous items are being used for the export of mangoes which are unequipped and less in number for the fruit’s outflow, the letter said. Traders have complained that due to these limited timings and number of trucks, mango export is likely to suffer losses as much as $714,000 which is equivalent to more than a billion rupees.
So far, 60 trucks are parked at the Taftan border stocked with mango. If these trucks stay here for long, the fruit may go bad, they said. The traders have demanded that the number of trucks allowed for trade should be increased to 150 and the timings and days of the border should be increased.