Kandahar traders face problems in exporting fruits to India through Pakistan
Traders in Kandahar have complained about the problems facing fruit exports to India through Pakistan’s soil.
Fresh Fruits’ Traders Association have voiced their concern about the issues at Pakistan’s border as harvest season is fast approaching.
Late issuance of visas, frequent closures of the border and fleecing of traders are some of the issues hampering fruit exports.
According to the Association’s head Haji Nanai Agha, fruit-laden trucks often rot at the border due to border closures resulting in big losses to merchants.
He called on officials to address the issues before fruit exports begin.
Meanwhile, Kandahar’s governor’s office has pledged to resolve all problems of Afghan traders and share the issue with Pakistani authorities.
Samim Khpalwak, the governor’s spokesperson, said the problems were mentioned at a recent meeting that was attended by Pakistani consul-general and they were urged to abide by the bilateral transit trade agreement.
According to Khpalwak, the consul-general has pledged addressing the issues and has promised to expedite visa issuance to Afghan traders. The visa validity period will be enhanced from six months to a year.
The consul-general has also promised keeping the border open for two more hours to let the Afghan traders transport their produce to Pakistan.
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