Almost all major online shopping services in Afghanistan have closed down due to financial crisis since August 2021.

A sudden collapse of Afghanistan administration last year and gap of a legitimate governance power in the country took it to a total crisis.

Recently two major online shopping services announced they have to shut down services due to economic crisis and financial issues in Afghanistan.

Click.af, a well-known online shopping app with a 6-year-old successful marketing experience announced their closure on Saturday evening.

A message published on Click.af‘s Facebook page said they are no longer able to continue operations due to financial issues.

“The precarious economic situation, the capital flight, and the stalling of the economic cycle led sales in the market to be severely affected, and Click.af is no exception,” the application’s operator/s stated in a Facebook note.

The owner of the Click online store, Masih Stanekzai, told Khaama Press that he is not yet ready to express his feelings.

“I’m not interested in giving a negative feeling about it,” he said.

“I hope the future is better in coming years so that businesses like Click.af could start again and flourish and become a success!”, he said.

A day later, Baqal, another online shopping service with a 3-year-old background announced its closure due to financial hardships.

A message published on Baqal’s Facebook page says it was a medium sized investment which eventually collapsed as the citizens purchase power turned down and the local bank’s froze people’s funds in the bank accounts due to the limitations applied by the Taliban on the banking sector.

Online shopping services in Afghanistan had facilitated and improved communications between customers and shopkeepers.

With the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, the already-precarious economic situation of the country was disturbed resulting in many online businesses ceasing operations.

This comes as some other major online businesses including an online Taxi services called ‘Bubar‘, Finest superstores online shopping portal and Hindukosh online shopping website were closed months after the collapse of the Afghanistan republic administration.

Author

  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).