Traders hail increase in export to Afghanistan in Pak currency

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The SCCI delegation gave detailed proposals and mechanisms to further improve Pak-Afghan bilateral trade and transit trade via Afghanistan

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PESHAWAR; The exporters and importers doing business with Afghanistan have welcomed the government’s decision to increase the number of export items to Afghanistan from four to 16 in Pakistani currency to enhance the quantum of trade with the neighbouring country.

The traders hoped the export to Afghanistan would further improve after this important decision of the government of Pakistan. They urged to include more export items to Afghanistan in Pakistan rupees. However, they urged Islamabad to expedite the negotiation process with the present Afghan government regarding promotion of barter trade and bring it into logical end and practicality.

These matters were discussed during a meeting between IGFC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Major Gen Adil Yamin and a traders delegation, mostly exporters, that was led by Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) acting president Imran Khan Mohmand, according to statement issued here on Sunday

The delegation was consisted of Chairman, SCCI’s Standing Committee on Pak-Afghan Bilateral and Transit Trade Promotion, Shahid Hussain, former president Faiz Muhammad Faizi, PAJCCI Vice president and the chamber former senior vice presindet Ziaul Haq Sarhadi, pattern in chief Khyber Chamber of Commerce and Industry Syed Jawad Hussain Kazmi, former president Khyber Chamber Shakirullah, Col retired Sadiq and others.

The DG IGFC and Commandant Khyber Rifle were also present during the meeting.  The meeting discussed the administrative matters, bringing speediness in movement of export-goods laden vehicles, hurdles that were impeding Pak-Afghan bilateral and transit trade.

The SCCI delegation gave detailed proposals and mechanisms to further improve Pak-Afghan bilateral trade and transit trade via Afghanistan. The meeting hailed the federal government and Federal Board of Revenue for increasing the number of export items to Afghanistan from four to 16 in Pakistani currency to enhance the quantum of trade with the neighbouring country.

The traders want to finalize negotiations with the present Afghan government regarding promotion of barter trade and bring it into logical end and practicality.  They also urged an immediate solution of DTRE issues to ease difficulties to traders and exporters.