Pakistani dealers suspend flour exports to Afghanistan
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has suspended flour exports to Afghanistan after an increasein custom duty on the commodity and signing of an agreement between Kabul and New Delhi, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Peshawar-based flour exporters and dealers halted supplies to the landlocked country as they were asked to deposit an additional amount in custom duty by the Afghan authorities at the Torkham border.
Dawn quoted flour dealers as saying that an agreement had been reached between Afghanistan and India on flour supplies at subsidised rates. Afghanistan has also signed an accord with Tajikistan, but Pakistani flour is still preferred.
About 70 trucks loaded with flour cross into Afghanistan via the Torkham border on a daily basis. “But the exportshave been halted for the time being,” one of the dealers told the daily.
Customs officials at Torkham confirmed suspension of flour exports to Afghanistan. Clearing agents and flour exporters met in Torkham to review the situation and discussed ways how to deal with the issue.
Participants of the meeting,worried by the hike in the custom duty, decided to raise the issue with the authorities concerned both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The suspension of exports could cause financial losses worth millions of rupees.
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