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Afghanistan’s negative balance of trade, a threat to its economy

Ministry of Commerce and Industries has warned of the potential problems that the widening gap between Afghanistan’s exports and imports can cause to the economy after the international community winds down its aid. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Exporters

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Pakistan releases some of the Afghan containers held at the Karachi Port

After 3 months of stoppage at the Karachi Port, the Pakistani government has announced the release of only 100 containers of the Afghan goods. The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) are not optimistic about this move and expects

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Concerns of Herat customs department over import of poor quality goods

Officials from Herat’s customs department have expressed their concerns about the illegal imports of substandard quality goods through Herat’s borders. Herat’s customs Maintenance Manager Zabiullah Ahmadzai said despite strict control from the department, poor quality goods illegally enter Herat province

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Fashion in Kabul comes at a high cost

Kabul is now home for large shopping centers offering a variety of clothes ranging from traditional outfits to the newest fashion available out there. The prices, however, have increased two-fold compared with the prices two years ago. A traditional Afghan

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Fuel smuggled to Afghanistan through a renowned Iranian company

A number of Iranian newspapers have reported about the smuggling of fuel to Afghanistan through a well-known Iranian company. The Khorasan Gazette from the Razavi Khorasan Province nicknamed the company as “R”, and it does not name any Iranian government

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Why poor quality materials are not prevented from entering Afghanistan?

Afghanistan National Standardization Authority (ANSA) said that most of consumer products entering Afghanistan are non-standard. The officials link the health problems in Afghanistan to the poor quality food items imported to Afghanistan. According to the officials, the materials that are

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Inauguration of the Afghanistan National Industrial Conference

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) organized a conference with the theme of “The Rising Afghan Industry” in November at the Loya Jirga Compound. Inaugurating the conference, President Hamid Karzai emphasized on the growth of domestic products and protecting them

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Further efforts to strengthen domestic sources- ACCI

As concerns about Afghanistan’s economic situation after 2014 are rising, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) emphasize on boosting domestic sources of the country. Speaking at a press conference in Kabul on Wednesday, Head of the ACCI Mohammad Qurban

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Prices of Bamyan potatoes decline due to imports from Pakistan and Iran

Farmers in Bamyan said potato imports from Iran and Pakistan to Afghan markets have resulted in decline of Bamyan potatoes. “Despite the high yields of potatoes this year in Bamyan, we do not have good sales,” said Rajab Ali, one

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Illegal transfer of gas to Pakistan from Afghanistan

Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries called on the national security agencies to prevent the illegal transfer of gas to Pakistan. According to the ministry officials, gas is imported from several countries to Afghanistan to meet the demands; however, it

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No international pipeline firm ready to implement TAPI gas project

Billed as ‘Peace Pipeline’ for the troubled South-Asia region, the US-backed $9-billion TAPI gas pipeline has got stuck with no international pipeline company willing to implement it unless Turkmenistan gives a share in the gas fields, officials said today. According to the

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Cigarette Taxes to Spike Up in Afghanistan

The National Security Council instructed the Ministry of Finance in a meeting at the Presidential Office to increase cigarette taxes. The Council called for higher cigarette taxes to prevent unchecked imports of cigarette into the country. Low custom duties on

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7 Afghan goods containers missing in Pakistan

Seven Afghanistan-bound containers carrying commercial goods of traders have been missing over the past few weeks in Pakistan, resulting in a 60 percent cut in imports through the neighbouring country, a trader representative said on Saturday. The 45-day-old issue had

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