ACCI

Afghanistan Exports Increases by 40 Percent in the First Quarter of 1392

Despite export sector faces multiple challenges, but has increased significantly in first quarter of 1392 Solar Year in comparing same period of last year. Based on fact and figures released from Export and Industries Promotion Department of ACCI, Afghanistan has exported goods in value of USD 100 million in the first quarter of the current year, whereas had exported USD 64 million during the first quarter of last year. It indicates 40 percent increase in exports of the country.

Carpet, dried and fresh fruits, vegetable and chemical plants, animal products, cereal, cotton and etc were in the list of the export items.

The reasons behind the increase were reduction of natural plant diseases, favorable climate, increase in harvesting fruits and better circumstance of trade transit with neighboring countries than last year situation.

Mr. Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, CEO of ACCI said: “due to second and third quarters of each year are season export periods, we expect that our exports would increase further in the periods.”

Ms. Najla Habibyar, Director General of Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan talked about quality of export commodities and pointed out that quality of Afghan products are main reason behind of the increase and finding market in abroad.

Mr. Mohammad Hassan, Head of Export Companies’ Union hoped Afghanistan will have further exports, if government provides the essentials in the sector.

The major markets for Afghanistan’s exports are Pakistan, India, Central Asia countries, Iran, Russia, China, EU, Canada, Australia and Gulf Countries.

Afghanistan still faces multiple challenges in export sector such as not having international quality control certificates, transit problems are sometimes created by neighboring countries especially in time of export of seasonal fresh fruits, lack of laboratories, not the existence of cool storages and increase in tariffs of foreign customs in seasonal export items.

On the other hand, imports have decreased by 6 percent in the same period. Afghan traders have imported goods and services in the value of USD 1,860 billion at the first quarter of the current year, whereas had imported in value of 1,980 billion at the same period, last year. The decrease has taken place on some items such as second hand vehicles and machinery.


Other

Dried Fruits

medicinal plants

Mineral Products

Cereal

vegetables

cotton

Carpet

Animal products

fresh fruits

1391

14,091

11,412

17,423

11,899

0,344

1,210

0,665

0,439

3,278

0.025

1392

26,288

17,082

18,488

8,294

10,160

5,778

2,782

5,488

6,875

1,255