The export of Afghan dried fruits has increased, reported the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on Thursday, saying that over $450 million worth of dried fruit was exported in 2021.
The acting head of the ACCI, Mohammad Younus Momand, said that over 140 tons of dried fruit were exported in 2021.
“We have had over $400 million exports of dried fruits,” he said.
However, some sellers expressed frustration over the problems in transporting Afghan goods.
“Unfortunately, challenges exist. There is no proper system of transportation between Afghanistan and China, and therefore Afghan dried fruit is re-sold by other countries, and smuggled to other countries," said Azmuddin Khinjani, an Afghan trader.
The statistics of the ACCI indicate that the total value of Afghan exports has exceeded $1 billion.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that the exports of pine nuts via air-corridor to China, and by ground to Uzbekistan and Pakistan, has surged.
“Over 50 percent of the pine nut yield has been exported,” said Nooruddin Azizi, acting minister of commerce and industry.
The international demand for Afghan dried fruit is high, according to sellers.