Exports Blockade and new Conditions by Pakistan Anger Afghan Traders

The Islamabad government has finally opened the border crossings for Afghan goods with some new restrictions, more than three months after closing it.

Pakistani officials announced that they will allow only 100 trucks a day to enter from Pakistan to Afghanistan. Once the transfer of goods has been completed, the trucks can then be used by Afghan traders to export to Pakistan and then on to India.

Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, Pakistan had closed Spin-Boldak and Torkham border crossings for Afghan traders while continuing to send in Pakistani goods through the now one-way gate.

This had severely crippled Afghani businessmen in addition to the damage wrought by the pandemic.

Afghanistan Traders’ Union said their members had reported losses of up to $100 million in revenue in what was supposed to be their most lucrative season – the harvest time.

Afghan traders a the Commerce and Industris Chamber said this measure by Pakistan was their way of limiting Afghan exports and have called it against international trade laws.

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