Afghanistan takes countermeasure on Pakistani trucks
By Mirwais Adeel - Fri Jan 25 2013, 9:50 pm
The ministry of commerce and industries of Afghanistan following a statement instructed all the custom departments of Afghanistan to enforce countermeasures on Pakistani trucks crossing Afghanistan in a bid to support Afghan merchants and improve transit affairs of the country.
The new countermeasure by Afghanistan will enforce all Pakistani trucks to have a reliable bank guarantee and also must provide insurance through an Afghan based insurance company.
The ministry warned that no Pakistani truck will be allowed to use Afghan soil as a transit route unless the conditions have not been properly met.
Pakistan and landlocked Afghanistan had inked the APPTA in 2010 and made it operational in 2011. The accord which was signed in Islamabad in the presence of US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on July 18, 2010 replaced the 1965 bilateral trade agreement.
This new agreement allowed Afghan trucks to transport exports to India via Pakistan however the issues still remains unresolved as as Pakistan has recently blocked over 3,000 containers belonging to Afghan merchants despite a transit agreement between Islamabad and Kabul.
Khan Jan Alkozai, the deputy head of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) earlier said that problems facing Afghan merchants have increased over the past months despite the Transit Trade Agreement signed by Kabul and Islamabad in 2010.