KABUL on Wednesday rejected media reports regarding increase in duty on Kandahar pomegranates.
A statement from Pakistan Embassy in Kabul said the Government of Pakistan has not implemented any such measure. In fact, since last month, Pakistan has been providing 24/7 services on its side of Torkham border to facilitate rapid disposal of Afghan exports of fruits and vegetables to Pakistani markets.
“A media report on October 13, 2019 that Pakistan has tripled tariffs on Kandahar pomegranates is misleading”, the statement said.
However, since Afghan exporters consistently understate the value of pomegranates and fruits consignments, therefore, as a normal practice customs valuations of imports from Afghanistan are revised periodically.
For example, in case of pomegranates in light of revised valuations the increase in customs duty on pomegranates is only Pak Rs. 3.5/kg.
The Embassy would reiterate that Pak-Afghan bilateral trade is extremely important for both the countries and therefore, it should not be politicised or sensationalized through irresponsible reporting.