The cargo arrived within the Afghan capital a day earlier from Pakistan by way of the Torkham border crossing between the international locations, a spokesperson of the Taliban’s Ministry of Business and Commerce Maulana Zaheer was quoted as saying within the report.
The ministry organised a particular ceremony to facilitate the transit of the Indian items, hailing it as a serious step in the direction of turning Afghanistan right into a key commerce hyperlink between Central and South Asia.
The business cargo originated from Mumbai and travelled by way of the Karachi seaport in Pakistan earlier this month earlier than being trucked to its Uzbek importer beneath a not too long ago inked bilateral transit commerce settlement between Pakistan and Uzbekistan, a Pakistani official instructed the state-owned American radio broadcaster.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the settlement together with a number of different paperwork throughout his two-day official go to to Islamabad in early March.
The Pakistani official emphasised that the Uzbekistan-bound Indian business consignment was a privately-arranged exercise beneath the settlement and had no authorities involvement from any of the 4 international locations.
“It’ll now turn out to be a daily exercise, and Uzbekistan will be capable of import items from wherever by way of Pakistani seaports,” stated the official, who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of he was not authorised to speak to the media.
The Taliban authorities are certain to facilitate the commerce exercise as a result of Uzbekistan, a landlocked nation like Afghanistan, additionally has rights to entry Pakistani ports to conduct worldwide commerce, the official stated.
Islamabad permits Kabul to make use of its ports and land and air routes to conduct commerce with different international locations beneath a long-running bilateral association often called the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Commerce Settlement (APTTA).
Underneath the APTTA, Afghan merchants are allowed to export their items to India by way of Pakistani land, air and sea routes, however they’ll import Indian items solely by way of seaports due to strained ties between Islamabad and New Delhi.
Nonetheless, Pakistan not too long ago allowed India to make use of its land routes to move 50,000 tonnes of wheat that New Delhi had donated in humanitarian help to Afghanistan, the place hundreds of thousands of individuals face acute starvation, the report added.