The Ministry of Finance said on Twitter that on Saturday the export of Turkmenistan gas to Pakistan through Afghanistan has commenced, and was marked by a ceremony in the Shorandam area of Kandahar.
The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said that from now on, Turkmenistan's gas will be transferred from Herat's Torghundi port to Afghanistan and then exported to Pakistan via Spin Boldak in Kandahar.
The task of transporting gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan was taken up by a private company, which pays the Islamic Emirate for transit.
In the first stage, 50 gas tankers were transferred from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan to Pakistan.
"This is transit gas, which is specifically bought for Pakistan and shipped to Pakistan, so its benefit to Afghanistan is that it requires transportation and this creates jobs for people," said Atiqullah Saidal, the head of a gas transportation company.
The Chamber of Commerce and Investment said that Afghanistan plays an important role in connecting Central Asia with South Asia and the current government should help traders in the transit of goods.
"We want the transit through Afghanistan to go off without any problems and we also want our neighbors to cooperate in the transit to Afghanistan,” said the acting head of ACCI, Mohammad Younus.
In the meantime, Kandahar customs officials said they will provide more facilities to traders at customs.
“The Ministry of Finance and Customs Department has said this in every meeting that we are providing facilities for the people and businessmen, and we are still trying in this area,” said Mohammad Hamid Ahmad, head of the custom of Kandahar.
Kandahar customs officials ensure that the Spin Boldak border will soon be open 24 hours a day for the transit of commercial goods after Turkmenistan gas has been transported to Pakistan through Kandahar Spin Boldak.