Tehran, Iran, April 22
The spokesman for the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jan Agha Naveed announced that sanctions against Iran led to an increase of Iran's cement exports to Afghanistan.
“Afghanistan imports 80,000 tons of cement annually and can increase the production capacity to 420,000 tons,” Jan Agha Naveed said, Trend reports citing Fars News Agency.
“Import of cement from Pakistan to Afghanistan has dropped, but imports from Iran have grown due to devaluation of the rial against other currencies,” he said referring to US sanctions' impacts on Iran's economy.
Spokesman for the Afghan Chamber of Commerce emphasized that Afghan consumers prefer Iranian cement because of the high quality. “In 2018, Iran exported $127 million cement to Afghanistan,” he announced.