Pakistan begins Afghan transit trade via Gwadar port

Sandra Loyd

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday operationalised the Gwadar port for Afghan transit trade, with the first- ever freight ship berthing at the seaport to mark the start of a brand-new age of trade via sea path from Gwadar to Afghanistan.

In a series of tweets, Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce and Financial Investment Abdul Razak Dawood shared that a ship carrying 16,000 metric tonnes of urea and fertiliser for Afghanistan has actually shown up in Gwadar.

“The cargo ship Sibulk Tradition has berthed at Gwadar, carrying 16,000 tonnes of urea for transit to Afghanistan. This is a first and marks the beginning of a new era in Pakistan’s trade by sea,” Dawood tweeted.

According to ministry authorities, imported urea that reached Gwadar would be bagged at the port and later on would be sent out to Afghanistan in trucks under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Arrangement-2010 (APTTA).

The commerce consultant even more mentioned that it was for the first time that fertiliser would be loaded in your area, including that regulations had actually likewise been provided to use incomes and tasks to regional labourers just.

The labourers would be made use of for packaging, unloading and packing of products in trucks.

Apart from fertilizers, Afghanistan would likewise be given approval for the transit trade of sugar and wheat from Gwadar, whereas just those trucks bring completely sealed consignments would be permitted to go to the neighbouring nation.

Previously, the federal government had actually provided an unique approval to resume the handling of Afghan freight at Gwadar port under the APTTA-2010 to assist the early clearance and quicker transport of fertilizer, sugar, and wheat to Afghanistan. Gwadar port can be made use of more efficiently for trade and transit for Afghan side for other products.

Afghanistan relies greatly on Pakistan for transit in addition to bilateral trade needed for the income of its people in addition to its business neighborhood. When the circulation from Pakistan in both cases gets stopped, it not just triggers inflation inside Afghanistan due to lack of products, however likewise a great deal of problem for individuals.

It concerns point out that the Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Market (PAJCCI) had actually likewise asked for PM Imran Khan to support Afghanistan, specifically throughout difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic, by guaranteeing the extension of both bilateral and transit trade, and to serve the cause on humanitarian ground to extend all possible standard needs and health care centers to the people of Afghanistan.

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