Pakistan’s flour, cement exports to Afghanistan increase
PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s exports of 30 consumer items to Afghanistan have registered a remarkable increase during the first quarter (July-September) of the current financial year, customs officials were quoted as saying on Wednesday.
In July last year, exports of these items to the landlocked country accounted for $75.84 million, according to The News International, which cited local customs authorities. The increase was recorded despite an alarmingfall in the first month of 2016.
Besides other items, Pakistan exports cement, wheat flour, pharmaceutical products, milk, confectionery, vegetable ghee, paints, sheets, rice, girders, automotive batteries, leather shoes, fruit, washing powder, chilled beef, juices, steel utensils, culled chicken, beverages, packing cartons, IV solution, polyester, cosmetics, motorcycles, poultry feed, food stuff, chip board and safety matches.
Last financial year, the report said, Pakistan’s exports to Afghanistan fell by 27 percent, but June saw a measure of recovery. During 2014-15, the exports worked out at Rs147.717 billion, compared with previous year’s Rs123.368 billion.
The exports of the 30 items slumped to $46.06 million in July, but rose again to $70.52 million in August. Last month, the figure stood at $74.94 million. Wheat flour and cement remained major export items during the last three month, accounting for $58.62 million.
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