Afghanistan's Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that free truck traffic between Afghanistan and Pakistan will start in August, and Islamabad will not impose any restrictions on the export and transit of goods from Afghanistan.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on fifteen issues relating to trade and transit, although the Pakistani embassy has only referred to these memorandums of understandings on seven of the matters.
Officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that both sides agreed to implement a Temporary Admission Document (TAD) allowing free movement of bilateral trade vehicles and to not require the loading and unloading of goods at the crossing points.
“Afghanistan's transit goods that come from foreign countries can be unloaded at Karachi port and come to Afghanistan in Afghanistan's own trucks during the month of August,” said Nooruddin Azizi, acting Minister of Commerce and Industry.
Based on this agreement, passenger car traffic between Jalalabad, Peshawar, Kandahar, and Quetta will begin on a test basis in August, but the matter of coal exports that was on the agenda of the joint meeting between Afghanistan and Pakistan was not mentioned in the agreement.
“It was discussed in the meeting that customs activities will be carried out for 24 hours, but Spin Boldak, Torkham and other crossings will be open for both sides for 12 hours every day,” Azizi added.
The statement of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry reads that Afghanistan-Pakistan have extended the Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA).
"Technical problems that have been approved in APTTA should be addressed, especially the issue of shipment,” said Khanjan Alakozai, a member of the ACCI.
"Pakistanis are not bound by what they say ... and they won't keep what they promised about facilitating trade and transit,” said Abdul Nair Reshtia, an economist.
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