The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that the Pakistani government decided to decrease tariffs on imported Afghan fruit.
The deputy spokesman for MoFA, Hafiz Zia Ahmad, said that the issue of Pakistani visa processing for Afghan traders will also be solved at the Chaman and Torkham ports.
“A delegation led by economic attaché Abdul Hakim Hakimi met with officials from the Ministry of Commerce. The officials of the (Pakistan) embassy said that the increase of tariffs by Pakistan was a general decision—that Afghanistan will be an exception,” he said.
The Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Chamber of Commerce said that the tariffs will be low for Afghan fruit for a period of three months.
“A committee should be formed between the two countries to monitor the two countries, thus the traders don’t suffer more losses,” said Naqibullah Sapai, head of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Chamber of Commerce.
This comes as the traders earlier complained over a surge in tariffs on Afghan fresh fruits.
The Afghanistan Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock (ACAL) called for the reopening of an air-corridor to transfer the Afghan commodities.
“Our attention should not be only on the South Asian countries, but we should also have exports to Central Asia. The air corridor should be established, so we can export through the air corridor,” said Mirwais Hajizada, deputy head of ACAL.
The Pakistani government last week increased the tariffs on Afghan fruit.