The Afghan authorities have finally agreed to release 2,000 containers that belong to Pakistani exporters as they were confiscated earlier this month, Additional Director, Directorate of Transit Trade Amjad-ur-Rehman said on Monday during a meeting on Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) issues.
For those who are not familiar with the matter, approximately 2,500 containers were confiscated by the Afghan authorities at Khwar Maiden area near Torkham border.
The officials of ATT said that the issue was discussed in a meeting with the Afghan authorities – represented by Director Afghan Customs, Mohammad Tahir Rasheedi, Abdul Wali Malikzai, Mohammad Qasim Stanikzai and other officials.
The two sides discussed the hurdles in transit trade and issued on the spot directives for resolution. During the meeting, orders were issued to release more than 2,000 containers. Nevertheless, the remaining 500 to 600 containers will be released soon.
Moreover, to facilitate the exporters of Pakistan, the Torkham border will remain open till 10 pm, the officials added.
During the meeting, one official highlighted the fact that such actions are hampering Afghanistan’s relations with the Pakistani business community, which is forced to pay hefty payments to shipping companies and transporters.