The export of pine nuts via air-corridor began on Monday after an eight-month pause.
At an event inaugerating the re-start of the air corridor to ship pine nuts to China, second Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said the air corridor is important for land-locked Afghanistan because exporters face financially damaging barriers at the customs areas of neighbors.
"The trade is being strengthened with the UAE and China. The products and export of pine nuts have been increasing," he said.
The Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry, Qurratullah Jamal, said that the ministry has been planning to export fresh fruits via the air-corridor in addition.
"In addition to the pine nuts exports to China, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is planning to export fresh fruits as well as pine nuts to the US, EU, UAE and Pakistan," he said.
Meanwhile, the deputy head of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mohammad Yunus Momand, said that Afghanistan exports have increased by 70 percent this year compared to the year before.
"We are trying to facilitate the export of goods not only via land but also via air-corridor. We strongly oppose the smuggling of pine nuts and it should be prevented," he said.
Based on statistics from the ACCI, more than 550,000 tonnes of pine nuts have been exported in the last year.