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Pakistan waives off duty on Afghan fruits, vegetables

Pakistan waives off duty on Afghan fruits, vegetables

May 09, 2018 - 11:00

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok):  Pakistaninfo-icon has promised the withdrawal of regulatory duties on fruits and vegetables imported from Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The pledge was held out on Tuesday when high-level officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan met in Islamabad, a statement from the Ministry of Commerce said.

Deputy Minister of Commerce Kamila Sidiqi led the Afghan delegation, which met Secretary Commerce Mohammad Younas Dagha at the Ministry of Commerce.

Officials of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Federal Board of Revenue and Foreign Office also attended the meeting.

The visiting team signaled its willingness to consider resumption of talks under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Cooperation Authority (APTTCA) meeting.

During his recent visit to Kabulinfo-icon, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had vowed to undo the regulatory duty on fruits and vegetable and remove non-tariff barriers on Afghan exports.

The Afghan delegation also included Hamdullah Hamdard, deputy minister of agricultureinfo-icon, Saeed Saeedy, director-general of international trade and Khan Jan Alakozai, head of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Najibullah Wardak, deputy director at the Ministry of Finance, and Ahmed Shakir Qarar, deputy director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also in attendance.

Both sides expressed their desire to enhance trade relations by overcoming existing challenges. The discussion focused on the quarantine certification and removal of regulatory duties on selected items.


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