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Afghanistan customs revenue up by 7pc

Afghanistan customs revenue up by 7pc

Jul 04, 2015 - 18:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s half year customs revenue increased by at least seven percent over last year’s earnings, Ministry of Finance officials said on Saturday.

During the first six months last year, 51.98 billion afghanis had been collected against 54.68 billion afs during the corresponding period this year, showing about a seven percent increase, Ajmal Hamid Abdul Rahimzai, spokesperson of the Finance Ministry, told reporters in Kabul.

He said last year’s overall revenue target was around 133.789 billion afghanis against this year’s 123 billion afghanis.

As much as 12.7 billion afghanis target was set for the customs department of western Herat province and the department had so far collected 6.416 billion afghanis, indicating a 22.6 percent increase, the official said.  

He added similarly, 3.5 billion afghanis target had been set for western Farah province, where so far 1.75 billion afghanis had been drawn.

The target for Nimroz customs department was 7.5 billion afghanis and it had collected 3.786 billion afghanis during the first six months, surpassing the target by 594 million afghanis this year.

The increase in customs revenue comes after predictions that the revenue would fall following last year’s political tension.


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