Sher Khan Port revenue soars to 730m afs
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): The annual customs revenue of the Sher Khan Port in northeastern Kunduz province has reached 730 million afghanis this solar year, showing a 130 million afs increase, an official said on Saturday.
The key port, which is situated next to Panj River, lies near the border with Tajikistan. Shahabuddin Bawar, customs director at the port, told a news conference the port’s income was more than 600 million afghanis in 2012.
He said the main reasons behind the increase included improvement in commercial affairs, better border security, capacity of customs officials and efforts at countering corruption.
He said Afghanistan exported cement, sugar, handicrafts, food items and other materials through the port, where oil, construction materials, food items, flour, onion and otters arrived from foreign countries.
Bawar said only six or five trucks daily arrived at the port importing goods to Afghanistan. The number of trucks exporting Afghan goods through the border hovered between 80 and 90 on a daily basis, he added.
Around 3,860 trucks brought in different items the previous year against 2,510 trucks this year, indicating a 43 percent decrease, he said
A businessman, Fateh Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News he exported 400 sacks of cement to Tajikistan per week, but the slow-paced customs clearance process at the port had a negative impact on his business.
Bawar said a new system called T2 had been installed at the port to prevent fraud and facilitate traders.
The system collects information on materials imported and exported. It scales the amount of goods and processes the documents in a short span of time and shares information with all other customs offices, according to Bawar.
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