News ID: 315447
Published: 0145 GMT August 10, 2021

Trade with Afghanistan completely stops: Official

Trade with Afghanistan completely stops: Official

Following the recent unrest in Afghanistan, Iran’s trade with the country has completely stopped and Iranian exporters should look for alternative markets, said the head of the Iran-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce.

According to Hossein Salimi, the country which was the top export destination for Iranian non-oil commodities had fallen to second place recently, ILNA reported.

Afghanistan accounted for 11 percent of Iran’s total non-oil exports in the first quarter of the current Iranian year (March 21-June 21), during which the country imported 296,000 tons of agricultural and food products worth $134 million from Iran, the official said.

Tomatoes, apples, potatoes, sweets, and fruit juice concentrate were the top exported items to the neighboring country, according to Salimi.

He noted that the deployment of Taliban militants in provinces and cities adjacent to the Iranian border has left Iranian exporters unsure about sending goods to the country.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) announced on Tuesday that transit of goods via Iran have risen 48 percent in the month to July 22, as compared to the same period last year.

Ruhollah Latifi said that over one million tons of commodities have been transited via Iran in the fourth month of this Iranian year, while the figure was 682,000 tons in the fourth month of the previous Iranian year.


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