India Extends Exemption for Afghan Agriculture Imports

The Afghan embassy in New Delhi stated that India has extended for another year a special exemption for Afghan agricultural imports, which will not need to be fumigated before entering the country’s markets.

In a statement, the Afghan embassy further said the Indian’s new move is intended to support Afghan merchants.

“It is a good achievement for Afghan exporters. The decision will enhance the country’s exports to India by 50%,” said Omid Haidari, an Afghan merchant.

This comes as the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said the rate of Afghanistan’s exports to India was down due to a lack of air corridor flights.

“We have had no flights to India for nine months. India is a good market for Afghanistan,” said Khan Jan Alokozai, a member of the ACCI.

“Trading between Afghanistan and India is useful for Afghanistan. The export of dried fruits will increase to India via Waga pathway, if Pakistan agrees,” said Azrakhsh Hafezi, an expert.

Since India is a good market for Afghan products, Afghan merchants export via Waga port, Karachi and Chabahar to India.