News ID: 315669
Published: 0133 GMT August 23, 2021

Iran-Afghanistan trade resumed: Customs official

Iran-Afghanistan trade resumed: Customs official

Iran and Afghanistan have resumed trade exchanges as the tension in Kabul has eased, announced the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) on Monday.

According to Rouhollah Latifi, the trade between the two sides, which declined 15 percent over the past two months, is now back to normal levels, reported iribnews.ir.

“Considering the recent conflicts in Afghanistan, the weight of Iran-Afghanistan trade declined 15 percent, however, the latest statistics show that the trade has reached about 1,300 trucks per day by August 21.”

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.

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

Recently, he added, more than 500 trucks passed through Mahiroud border, about 600 trucks were exchanged in Dogharun border and 185 trucks were cleared at Milak border.

“In Milak border, 97 trucks were headed for Afghanistan and 88 entered Iran, of which 22 were export cargoes, 15 were transit cargoes, 17 were cement trucks, 33 trucks were tankers and five were returning trucks,” he explained.

According to the spokesman, the trade level in Milak border is 7.5 percent less than pre-conflict levels but the exchanges are rapidly getting back to normal.

Considering Afghanistan's need for Iranian foodstuff products, he said, it is expected that bilateral exchanges across the Milak border will exceed the average of 200 trucks and reach 300 trucks.

“At the Mahiroud border, there is a 60 percent increase in trade, and trade at the border of Dogharun in Khorasan Razavi Province is also growing due to the end of the conflict and the amount of trade is returning to normal.”

 

   
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