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Afghanistan Towards Becoming Leading Exporter of Dried Fruits Globally

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Arif Ahmadi
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Arif Ahmadi holds a B.A. degree in Journalism. He works as an Editor & Content Writer for Khaama Press.
File: Local traders showcase Afghan products in an exhibition, mainly dried fruits.

KABUL, Afghanistan – Over the course of nine months under the Taliban leadership, Afghanistan exported dried fruits worth of $270 million, said the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC).

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said the country witnessed increase in exports and imports of Afghan products through air corridors more recently.

The ministry of commerce vows to provide better facilities for Afghan traders in order to increase export of dried fruits to foreign countries.

The dry fruits that have been sent to various countries include pine nuts, pistachio and raisins – product Afghanistan is known for among the regional countries.

“We have had several shipments of export,” said Akhundzada Abdul Salam, a spokesman for the MoIC, as TOLOnews quoted. “We had exports to Europe, Canada and Australia which showed a sharp rise compared to the previous year.”

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While the country continues to stabilize its dwindling economy since the takeover last August, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said the local products are still being exported at high costs, but efforts are underway to decrease the costs.

According to ACCI, Afghan dried fruits have been exported to the US and Europe.

“We want to provide further facilities and ways of exporting our fruits through the air corridor and other options,” said Mohammad Yunus Mohmand, the acting head of the ACCI.

Meanwhile, Afghan investors and local traders urged the Taliban leadership to resume air corridors so they could export more products outside the country.

“Unfortunately, today, our export with many countries has been facing a lot of problems including lack of business relations, banking system, and even challenges within air corridor,” said Zalmay Azimi, an investor, as local media quoted.

Afghan Investors Exhibit Domestic Products in Kabul, November 22, 2022. (Photo: GMIC)

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said the country witnessed increase in exports and imports of Afghan products through air corridors more recently.

Ahmad Wali Haqmal, a spokesman for the MoF, said that Afghanistan imported commodities worth 7.8 billion Afs over the past 15 months, as TOLOnews reported.

According to Haqmal, more than 4.3 billion Afghani worth of commodities has been imported into Afghanistan in over a year, making around 950 million Afghanis in revenue.

“Within the past 15 months, commodities worth 7.8 billion Afs have been imported to Afghanistan via air corridor,” he said, as local media quoted. “The Finance Ministry made 950 million in revenue from it.”

Highlighting on the types of goods exported via the air corridors, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) said that the commodities included carpets, pine nuts, and handmade crafts – products Afghanistan is known for.

A spokesman for the MoIC, Ahundzada Abdul Salam Jawad, said the exports have been made to China and India.

“Over the past eight months, our exports have been to China and India via air corridor,” he said, as local media quoted.

“We have had around 600 tons of exports via air corridor to China. We had around 200 tons of exports to India via a private airline company and also to other countries via Dubai, UAE,” he elaborated.

Meanwhile, Afghan traders expressed hope for the future of Afghan products in the international markets, saying exporting local product to Asian and European countries will help grow Afghanistan economy.

“The air corridor is one of the main parts of business. More exports via air corridor to India, China and the Gulf countries, as well as the EU and US, will benefit us,” said Zalmai Azimi, a trader.

Based on the statistics of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, more than 5,000 tons of pine nuts have been exported via air corridor in the year 1400.  

In Afghanistan, exports account for around 20 percent of GDP. Afghanistan main exports are carpets and rugs (45 percent of total exports); dried fruits (31 percent) and medicinal plants (12 percent).

Main export partners are Pakistan (48 percent of total exports), India (19 percent) and Russia (9 percent). Others include: Iran, Iraq and Turkey.

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