The volume of Afghan exports increased this year compared to last year, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said on Sunday, putting the total worth of exports at around one billion dollars.
“The exports reached around one billion and fifty million dollars' worth. It is a high rate. The exports were affected during the recent changes, but it is now at a normal level,” said Nooruddin Azizi, minister of Commerce and Industry.
According to the chamber of commerce and industry, the rate of importing products from foreign countries has dropped this year compared to the previous year.
“As you know the situation in Afghanistan, our imports have dropped in the past two quarters of the year. The demands are low in the market,” said Khanjan Alokozai, a member of the chamber.
The traders also said the export of fresh fruits increased by 25 percent this year. They called on the current government to provide more support to the traders.
“They should prioritize trade and support it. They should consider the problems of the traders. Our exports should not be limited only to Pakistan. We should have exports to the whole world,” said Najat Haidari, a trader.
The Afghanistan exports mainly include fresh and dry fruits, carpets, and precious stones.