The joint Afghanistan-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce has strongly criticised the ongoing restrictions on Afghan transit goods from Pakistan.
According to the chamber, traders have reported losses exceeding twenty million dollars in the past two months due to these restrictions.
Khanjan Alokozai, a member of the ACCI, argued that the imposed conditions violate international agreements and WTO agreements, making it impossible for Afghan traders to comply.
Pakistan’s restrictions on Afghanistan’s goods in transit have persisted for nearly two months, resulting in the halt of over 4,000 merchant containers at Karachi port.
Some traders are urging the Taliban administration to address trade issues between Kabul and Islamabad by establishing a permanent agreement and reducing the cost of transporting goods through Iran’s Chabahar port.
The Taliban administration has conveyed its concerns to Pakistan and hopes for a resolution to prevent further losses for Afghan traders. Still, they also indicated a willingness to explore alternative routes if necessary.
Additionally, the Chamber of Commerce and Investment has called on Pakistan to adhere to international transit laws for the entry of traders’ goods.