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Dastardly consequences of Taliban inroads; Customs revenue of July sees drastic plunge

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KABUL: Ministry of Finance says they had a 2.7 billion Afs reduction in the custom income in June this year alone.

The reduction in custom incoming came after Taliban took control of six border ports this month.

“The existing problems have affected custom incomes around the country. The ministry of finance collected 7.3 billion Afs in May, while it came down to 4.6 billion Afs in June,” Rafi Tabeh, spokesman of the finance ministry said Saturday.

Taliban have control on the Sher Khan border port in Kunduz, Ay Khanom in Takhar, Torghundi and Islam Qala in Herat, Abu Nasr Farabi in Farah and Dand-e-Pathan in Paktia provinces.

Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, said that the custom incomes are collected under their tariff and they put it in the public treasury, not in “pockets of persons”.

The militant group took control of Spin Boldak border point in Kandahar province some two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Younus Mohmand, deputy head of Afghan chambers for trade and industries, said that falling of border points to Taliban severely affected export-import with neighboring states.

“War has hit Afghanistan. The current situation is not suitable for investment and business as there are scores of problems. Every trader thinks to transfer their capitals to abroad,” he said.

The latest conflicts between government forces and Taliban have caused increase in the prices of essentials such as fuel, liquid gas and foodstuff.

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