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Afghan exports shows a growth of 33 percent: ACCI

By Ghanizada - Sun May 04 2014, 9:15 am

heroin_full_600The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) informed of 33 percent increase in Afghan exports during the year 2013.

Reduction in natural disasters and transit issues, growth in fruit harvest and introduction of Afghan products in European markets were the main reasons behind a growth in Afghan export, ACCI officials said Saturday.

ACCI Chief, Mohammad Qurban Haqjo said the total amount of Afghanistan’s export during the year 2013 was USD 524 million, while the total export in 2012 was USD 393 million.

Mr. Haqjo further added that an increase was noted in exports of natural herbs, dry fruits, vegetables, carpet, cotton and precious stones.

He said the transit with the neighboring countries has also been resolved to some extent.

ACCI officials said majority of dry and fresh fruits which forms a huge portion of the Afghan exports, are still exported in neighboring countries.

The officials said the Afghan products are exported to Pakistan, India, Central Asian countries, Iran, Russia, China, Europe, CAnda and Australia.

In the meantime, economic analysts believe that the amount of exports is far more lower as compared to the amount of imports and the government should take necessary steps in order to reduce the imports.

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