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Pakistan not fulfilling its promise of fully implementing the transit trade accord

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Pakistan not fulfilling its promise of fully implementing the transit trade accord

Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) deputy head Khan Jan Alokozay told the Upper House of the Parliament that Afghan traders are facing problems in Pakistan and called on Islamabad to address the issue and obey the transit trade accord.

Mr. Alokozay informed the Senate that of the 200 containers that arrived at the Karachi port only 60 of them were checked and cleared, with the rest remaining stuck. If a container is not cleared in 10 days, the government charges USD 100 in per day.

Alokozay alleged that goods from the containers often disappear, despite being insured and payment of toll tax.

“25 containers carrying ghee have disappeared in the past few months, and Pakistani police say they do not have any knowledge of it.”

Mr. Alokozay said that Islamabad has been consulted about this issue, but in vain.

ACCI Deputy head suggested that Afghan government should deal with Pakistani traders in the same manner. “If they do not allow our apples, we should not allow their bananas to be transported here.”

Each national trader paid up to USD 700m annually in fines and taxes to neighboring countries, according to Mr. Alokozay’s statement to the Senate. He asked the government to make its stance clear on trade with neighbors.

The situation has resulted in higher prices of commodities in Afghanistan.

Maulvi Abdul Wahab, Senate’s Economic Commission head, however accused Afghan traders for escalating prices of goods during the holy month of Ramadan. He called on the government to take actions against traders manipulating commodity prices.

Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar said ministers of foreign affairs and commerce and industries would be summoned to brief lawmakers on what they were doing to address the problems being faced by Afghan traders in neighbouring countries and the unjust increase in prices.

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