Iran could increase export to Afghanistan - Chamber of Commerce

Business Materials 1 February 2021 16:31 (UTC +04:00)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb.1


Afghanistan's total import was about $7 billion in 2020, and 44 percent of it was from Iran,head of Iran – Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce Hossein Salimi told Trend.

"Iran's export ceiling to Afghanistan could reach $3 billion by the end of current Iranian year (started March 20,2020). Iran's current export volume to Afghanistan is $2.7 billion and I think we could reach and overcome that figure," he said.

"There were no significant changes in the Iran-Afghanistan trade during the current Iranian year(started March 20,2020), compared to the last Iranian year (started March 21,2021)," he said.

"The inauguration of Dogharoon customs border has hasten the customs activities and there have been actions to open new customs border in Sistan and Baluchestan Province. There have been talks to launch border markets between Iran and Afghanistan," he said.

"Our effort is to preserve the current export volume to Afghanistan since other countries including China, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have exported commodities to this market," he said.

"We seek to preserve the current export volume and there is a review of the agreement with Afghanistan," Salimi said.

"Apart from Iran's oil and gas export to Afghanistan, the major part of Iran's export to this country is food items and construction material while the other part is petrochemical products," he said.