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Afghanistan exports 20 tons’ fresh grapes to India via Chabahar

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KABUL: Afghanistan, for the first time exported 20 tons of fresh grapes to Indian via Chabahar port, the first of its kind since trade route has been launched.

“Over the last three weeks, 100 tons and since its establishment 700 tons of domestic products have been exported through this port,” Tahir Qadiry, Charge’ d’Affaires of Afghanistan Embassy to Indian tweeted.

Moreover, Ministry of Commerce and Industries said that Afghanistan has sent a total of 700 tons of goods to India through Chabahar which included legume, precious stones, and dry fruits.

Sameer Rasa, Spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Commerce has told that the export of fresh fruits was challenging because fruits can get spoiled quickly; however, the first attempt was successful, ariananews reported.

Mr. Rasa added that Afghanistan will soon begin exports of Kandahar pomegranate and Maidan Wardak apple via Chabahar to India’s markets.

Afghan officials believe that the increase of business through Chabahar will pave the way for positive business competitions in the region. In addition, the Afghan goods have reached India’s markets at a low cost via Chabahar Port.

Two days ago, Pakistan announced that the Torkham border crossing, the busiest port of entry between Afghanistan and Pakistan, will remain operational round-the-clock on a trial basis from Monday, 02 September, the agency reported.

The Chabahar Port was inaugurated late in 2017. The port provides a key supply route for Afghanistan and allows India to bypass rival Pakistan to trade with Central Asia.

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