Afghanistan and Pakistan Agree Allowing Free Movement of Goods by Truck

Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two neighboring countries for the first time announced an agreement to allow free movement of each other’s trucks carrying trade cargoes between the two countries from March 21 on Temporary Admission Documents (TAD).

“We have finally done it! Historical development on the regional connectivity front!,” Abdul Razak Dawood, adviser to the Pakistani Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment said in a series of tweets.

“We wish to share that Pakistan and Afghanistan have allowed free movement of each other’s trucks between the two countries and cross stuffing via TAD,” Dawood added.

Dawood furthered that the Afghan Transporters can obtain TAD from Pakistan Embassy at Kabul and its Consulate in Kandahar province, while transporters from Pakistan can obtain TAD from Consulates in Peshawar and Quetta.

“This is a historic development and will go a long way in enhancing our connectivity and trade relations with Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond,” Dawood added.

Besides the famed Torkham crossing which has a border with Peshawar, Chaman crossing, which is located in Kandahar province, is considered as one of the main trade routes between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Since Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August, Pakistan unprecedentedly showed willingness to increase trade connectivity with Afghanistan and via the country to the Central Asian Republics.

Pakistan has already announced to expand essential items exports to Afghanistan to meet domestic demands.

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