Central Asian countries have resumed the transportation of merchandise to South Asia via Afghanistan soil.
The Afghanistan-Pakistan joint chamber of commerce and investment said that Uzbekistan recently exported four shipments of cotton to Pakistan via Afghanistan.
“This (transportation) is 30 percent cheaper and 70 percent closer,” said Naqibullah Safi, head of the Afghanistan-Pakistan joint chamber of commerce and investment.
The joint chamber said that the Central and South Asian countries transport their merchandise via Afghanistan based on the International Convention Merchandise Routier.
The analysts believe such resumed transportation will benefit all countries in the region.
“This is a three-way benefit but it depends on competition. The competition between South Asia and Central Asia is at a high level” said Sayed Massoud, an economic expert.
After a halt of nearly three months, four shipments of Uzbekistan have recently been transported via Afghanistan to Pakistan.
“Yesterday, the first shipment from Uzbekistan included cotton and arrived at Torkham (gate),” said Younus Momand, head of the chamber of commerce and investment. “We hope the Islamic Emirate facilitates an easy transit path so that Afghanistan can become a hub between Central Asia and South Asia.”
Afghanistan is considered a potential geographical hub in Asia connecting South Asian and Central Asian trade.