Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on several measures, at the conclusion of the Pakistani Trade’s visit to Kabul, to assure early clearance and free flow of bilateral trade flow, improve efficiency in commodities clearance, and set up luxury bus services between the two countries by the end of next month.

During the visit of a Pakistani delegation headed by Secretary of Commerce Muhammad Sualeh Ahmed Faruqui to Kabul from July 18–20, the bilateral trade connections were discussed between the two governments.

The purpose of the visit was to discuss ways of improving bilateral trade, transit, and accessibility as well as to take the necessary steps to facilitate trade and focus on the issues and challenges that importers, exporters, merchants, and entrepreneurs on both sides are now facing.

The Pakistan delegation was made up of members from all relevant ministries and departments concerning trade, commerce, transit, business exchanges, and improving facilitation at all border crossing sites.

Additionally, the relevant officials from the two sides concurred that all crossing sites, particularly Torkham, Kharlachi, Ghulam Khan, and Chaman/Spin Boldak, should have longer operating hours.

Intending to foster even more trade between the two countries, the two sides discussed implementing Temporary Admission Documents (TAD), which permit unrestricted passage of vehicles engaged in bilateral trade and prevent packing and unpacking at border crossing points.

The two parties underlined their commitment to continuing regular coordination for putting these understandings into action and strengthening economic cooperation.

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