Afghan Trade Via Air Corridor Has Increased

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) said that the exports and imports of Afghan products through air corridors have recently increased.

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

According to Haqmal, more than 4.3 billion Afs worth of commodities has been imported into Afghanistan in the same period of time.

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

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) said that the commodities, which have been exported via air corridor, included carpets, pine nuts, and handmade crafts.

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. 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 said.

Meanwhile, the traders called for air corridors to European markets.

“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.