Top Industry Body Says Taliban Have Stopped All Exports, Imports With India

FIEO DG Dr Ajay Sahai said currently the Taliban has stopped the movement of cargo through the transit routes of Pakistan.

After entering Kabul and taking over the country on Sunday, the Taliban have stopped all imports and exports with India.

Director General (DG) of Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO), Dr Ajay Sahai, said currently the Taliban has stopped the movement of cargo through the transit routes of Pakistan, thereby stopping imports from the country, news agency ANI reported.

“We keep a close watch on developments in Afghanistan. Imports from there come through the transit route of Pakistan. As of now, the Taliban has stopped the movement of cargo to Pakistan, so virtually imports have stopped,” he said.

India has had a long-standing relationship with the neighbouring Afghanistan, especially in trade and investment.


Dr Ajay Sahai, Director General, Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO).

“In fact, we are one of the largest partners of Afghanistan and our exports to Afghanistan are worth around $835 million for 2021. We imported goods worth around $510 Million. But besides the trade, we have a sizeable investment in Afghanistan. We have invested around $3 billion in Afghanistan and there are 400-odd projects in Afghanistan some of which are currently going on,” Mr Sahai said.

“…Some of the goods are exported from international north-south transport corridor route which is fine now. Some of the goods go through Dubai route also which is working,” he added.

India has healthy relations with Afghanistan in trade, Dr Sahai said, adding that the present Indian export profile includes sugar, pharmaceuticals, apparel, tea, coffee, spices and transmission towers. “Imports are related and largely dependent on dry fruits. We also import a little gum and onions from them,” FIEO DG said.

However, the official is still hopeful and optimistic about trade relations with Afghanistan despite the rapidly changing circumstances in the country.

“I am pretty sure over a period of time Afghanistan will also realise that economic development is the only way to move forward and they will continue with that kind of trade. I think the new regime will like to have political legitimacy and for that India’s role will become important for them also,” Dr Sahai said.

In coming days dry fruit prices may go up due to the turmoil in Afghanistan, FIEO expressed concern. India is importing around 85 per cent of dry fruits from Afghanistan.

“I will say that may not directly impact the prices but the very fact that one of the sources of import no longer exists, speculation of increase in prices is not ruled out,” Mr Sahai said.


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