Thursday, 18 February 2016

Afghanistan & Pakistan agree on transit trade test

Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to organize a pilot run of Afghan trucks from Torkham and Chaman up to Wagah. The trucks will be carrying Afghan exports to India and Pakistani trucks from Torkham and Chaman will carry Pakistani exports to Sher Khan Bandar (Tajikistan’s border). The Afghan trucks will be allowed to carry Pakistani exports to Afghanistan on their return journey. Similarly, Pakistani trucks will be allowed to carry Tajik and Central Asian export cargo on their return journey to Pakistan. For the movement of trucks in the territory of the two countries, Afghan side had proposed finalizing the bilateral transport agreement. Pakistan agreed to provide the draft agreement through diplomatic channels within one month. The two sides reached to this agreement at the 6th two-day meeting of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA) in Islamabad. They further decided to revise the light of the convention on the International Transport of Goods (TIR) to make the accord more appropriate for facilitating transit trade facilities between the two neighboring countries. A joint committee would also be constituted to discuss the issues relating to visas, road permits and guarantees for the implementation of the TIR system in both countries and to address future issues in this regard.