Pakistan; Shortage of trackers impedes onion imports from Afghanistan

Shortages of tracker belts with customs authorities has been impeding onion imports from Afghanistan via the Torkham border crossing during the last couple of weeks.

Sources state that fixing a tracker belt to every container taking transit goods to Wagah border, including onions, was mandatory for security reasons as per transit trade agreement between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Vegetable importers and custom clearing agents at Torkham said that tracker belts were either short in stock with the officials or were provided to them from Karachi in limited number which affected the prompt and smooth custom clearance of onion at the border after its arrival from Afghanistan.

They said that the long delay due to non-availability of the tracker belts resulted in stranding of hundreds of loaded vehicles on both sides of the border which also caused rotting of the essential commodity and subsequent financial losses to both importers and custom clearing agents.


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