The Ministry of Finance announced that it earned 100 billion Afs in revenue from the custom offices over the past 11 months.
The new figure shows a significant increase compared to the previous year, according to the spokesman of the MoF, Ahmad Wali Haqmal.
“The increase in revenue of the customs office shows that professional employees and people committed to their work have been appointed. The corruption has dropped to zero level,” he said.
The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment said the reduction in corruption and tariffs has caused a surge in revenue.
“The majority of our exports is out via the north of Afghanistan, and Herat as well as Torkham and Chaman port, from where our transit comes from Karachi (in Pakistan) and Abas port (Iran) from where the commodities come to Nimroz and Herat. We bring all food and heating materials through Hairatan and Aqina ports in the north of the country,” said Khan Jan Alokozai, a member of the ACCI.
This comes as traders called on the Islamic Emirate to provide further facilities for them at transit ports.
“We call on the Islamic Emirate to grow our trade relations with the neighboring countries,” said Zalmai Azimi, a trader.
“We call on the leadership of the Ministry of Finance to reduce the tariffs on vegetables and fruits in Afghanistan,” said Amir Haidar, a trader.
Customs revenue makes up a big part of the Afghan economy and the majority of the revenue is made in Torkham, Islam Qala and Hairatan ports.