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President Ghani bans Pakistan’s trucks from entering Afghan soil

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issued a decree on Sunday banning Pakistani trucks from entering Afghanistan. This comes as a retaliation to Pakistan’s constant stopping of Afghan trucks from entering its territory. According to Ministry of Transport, Pakistani trucks will

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Main trade route between Afghanistan and Pakistan reopens

Trade activities will soon resume through the Ghulam Khan trade route between Afghanistan and Pakistan after its reopening on Monday. The trade route was closed during a military offensive in the tribal region of North Waziristan.  However, the Angor Ada

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Torkham closure causes $3bn in losses to Pakistan

Pakistan’s move to shut down Torkham border has backfired, inflicting a USD 3bn dollar onto its economy. According to Afghanistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Torkham closure has resulted in replacement of Pakistani products in Afghan local markets with

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Afghan-Pak trade deals reduced by 50%

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) have said trade deals between Afghanistan and Pakistan are reduced by 50% during the recent months. The officials have linked the decline in trade activities between the two nations to the trade

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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,

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The 4th ‘Made in Pakistan’ expo kicks off in Kabul

The fourth ‘Made in Pakistan’ exhibition has kicked off in capital Kabul and will continue until May 7. Organized by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCC), the exhibition is attracting a large number of traders, businessmen and women.

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Afghanistan, Pakistan fresh fruit trade up by 46%

According to Pakistan’s Customs Department, the import of fresh fruits from Afghanistan and Pakistan via Torkham and Kurram Agency has increased by 46% during the first eight months of the current fiscal year. The fresh fruit trade between the two

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Afghanistan, Pakistan agree on transit trade test run

Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to organize a pilot run of Afghan trucks from Torkham and Chaman up to Wagah. According to Daily Times of Pakistan, the trucks will be carrying Afghan exports to India and Pakistani trucks from Torkham

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Afghanistan, Pakistan hold key economic talks

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Ahmad Hakimi has arrived in Islamabad to attend the 10th Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Commission (JEC) huddle. The meeting was postponed in August in the wake of Taliban’s deadly attacks in Kabul for which the Afghan government

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Afghan-Pak trade dropped by over 40%

The trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan has dropped by over 40% in the past quarter, reported the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI). The officials have linked this decline in trade volume between the two neighboring nations to

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Afghans call for boycotting Pakistani products

Afghans have started war against Pakistan on social media by campaigning to boycott their products and currency. This comes after Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani slammed Pakistan for providing safe havens for insurgents. The Afghan government has time and again

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Afghan-Pak industrial exhibition kicks off in Mazar

The ‘Made in Pakistan’ industrial exhibition is being held in Mazar-e-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province from 22 to 24 April. This is similar to how forex trading works when it comes to online forex trading from Australian and Australian

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Will Afghanistan’s presence in APTTA be merely symbolic?

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan recently finalized a trilateral trade transit agreement, which originally emerged between Afghanistan and Pakistan and invited Tajikistan as well to extend trade to the entire region. The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries officials are, however,

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Afghan traders accuse Pakistan of increasing cargo traffic rates

Afghan traders in the southern zone are enraged by the sudden increase in cargo traffic rates at Pakistan’s Karachi Port. As many as 2,000 containers loaded with food and non-food items are stuck at the Karachi port over the past

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President Ghani asks Pakistan to invest in Afghanistan

President Ashraf Ghani has one again made pitch for Pakistan to invest in Afghanistan in an attempt to further strengthen ties between the two nations. Unlike his predecessor, the newly Afghan President is refraining from the blame game and is

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Pakistani investors to avail from free economic zones in northern Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Janan Musazai, met with business community in Pakistan and invited them to invest in Afghanistan. He informed that the Afghan government plans to establish three free economic zones in north of Afghanistan for Pakistani investors to

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Time for Afghanistan and Pakistan to open new trade avenues

Lahore Chief Minister Munhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal conferred on promoting bilateral trade and economic cooperation in a meeting on Thursday. Shahbaz said that it was time for Pakistan and Afghanistan to open new trade avenues

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Transit problems dampen the spirit of Afghan traders

By: Sayer Zaland Although Afghanistan has signed economic cooperation agreements with its neighbors like Iran and Pakistan, the Afghan traders still face numerous challenges related to transit Mohammad Younus Momand, a fruit trader from Nangarhar, had everything going for him.

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Afghanistan, Pakistan poised to enhance bilateral trade to USD 5bn

Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to further expand trade between the two nations and enhance bilateral trade from USD 2.4bn to USD 5bn. The agreement was made at a meeting between Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain and a

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Afghanistan, Pakistan discuss expanding trade volume at JEC meeting

The agenda for the 9th session of the Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Commission focuses on expanding trade between the two nations. Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and his Pakistani counterpart Mohammad Ishaq Dar discussed options on increasing bilateral trade at

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Pakistan reviews the implementation status of projects in Afghanistan

Islamabad ordered the relevant departments to expedite implementation of ongoing projects in Afghanistan in consideration of commitments earlier agreed between the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Addressing the 8th session of the Afghan-Pak Joint Economic Commission on Thursday, Pakistan’s Finance

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Pakistan to initiate transit trade from its land

Pakistan has decided to open its land routes for transit trade as per an international agreement signed in December in Bali, Indonesia under the World trade Organization (WTO). The agreement calls for all countries to provide such transit for promoting

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Pakistan payments against exports to Afghanistan to be in US dollar only

Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar recently announced that payments against exports to Pakistan to be made in US dollar only. This comes as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industries urged the government to take steps for removal of impediments in

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80% of Afghan-Pak transit issues resolved

The Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industries (APJCCI) on its second annual meeting in Kabul conferred on ways to bring the two nations together and keep economic relations away from politics. According to APJCCI’s officials, 80% of transit problems

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Pakistan’s cement exports to Afghanistan plunge

According to All Pakistan Cement Manufacturing Association (APCMA), exports of cement from Pakistan to Afghanistan have fallen year-on-year during the first quarter of Pakistan’s fiscal year. Cement exports to Afghanistan currently comprise 50% of Pakistan’s cement exports. For the first

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