Major shipment of Afghan Saffron, dried Fruit en route to EU

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120 tons of saffron and dry fruit is on its way toward European countries, said the head of the Kabul customs office, Sanaullah Naveed, who added that the shipment is worth of $2 million and will be exported to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria.

“While Afghanistan is facing economic challenges, unemployment, poverty, and its economy is dependent on foreign aid, this is good news,” he said.

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) said that they are trying to create opportunities to export goods.

“The Islamic Emirate, especially the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC), is standing shoulder to shoulder with the traders. We will solve every problem in consultation with the traders. A lot of problems are resolved,” said Qudratullah Jamalzada, deputy minister of Industry and Commerce.

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) expressed concerns over transit problems facing Afghan traders.

“The trucks are now here. If the ground is paved for them and they reach Central Asia and Germany’s TTR system, it will be very effective,” said Khanjan Alokozai, a member of the ACCI.

The statistics from the MoIC show that Afghanistan has exported commodities worth more than $1 billion over the past seven months.—Tolonews