The Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) said that in the first seven months of the solar year, trade worth 247 million dollars has been made with Russia.
The MoIC's spokesman, Akhundzada Abdul Salam Javad, added that although the country's export to Russia is two million dollars, it has slightly increased compared to the past year.
“There are around 2 million dollars in exports and 245 million dollars in imports. Most of the items exported to Russia are raisins, juices, soft drinks, grapes, other fruit juices, dried apricots and talc stones,” the spokesman said.
"The more exports we have, the more we can create employment opportunities and we can raise the production level. Increasing of exports will also help the value of the afghani,” Abdul Naseer Reshtia, an economist, told TOLOnews.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said that in order to increase exports to Russia, they are trying to provide more facilities to businessmen.
"Currently, compared to the past year where only one car was going in two to three days, now there are dozens of cars, and our exports are more, especially grapes and pomegranates,” said Mohammad Yunus Momand, the first deputy of ACCI.
Some businessmen consider Russia a suitable market for Afghan fresh fruit, dried fruit, precious and semi-precious stones, saying that challenges in the export sector should be resolved soon.
"Expanding economic and trade relations with Russia is a very good move, and the export of our country's items is good, and most of our traders are satisfied with this, and if more facilities are provided in trade with Russia, we can increase the export of agricultural items,” said Omid Haidari, a businessman.
According to the information of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI), the amount of trade between Afghanistan and Russia reaches 300 million dollars annually.