The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.
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Increasing level of goods’ exports, imports through railway

With the Islamic Emirate (IEA) takeover and improvement of overall security situation across Afghanistan, the level of exports and imports has increased considerably. Afghanistan Railway Authority says the level of exports and imports has increased in recent months as overall 70,000 tons of commercial goods have been imported and exported through railway in the past one week, showing considerable increase comparing to previous months. According to the country’s railway authority, in the past one year, 71,176 tons of commercial goods have been imported and exported through railway. “52,389 tons of commercial goods exported and imported through Hairatan railway, 14,150 tons through Aqina railway and 4,637 tons of commercial goods, including petroleum and non-petroleum products have been exported and imported through the respective ports in the past one week,” said a statement released by the country’s railway authority. In the statement, the country’s railway authority says it is making effort to provide further facilities for traders so that they can go for increasing level of exports and imports through the country’s railways. On the other hand, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) has informed that a freight train has departed from Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu province, on July 5, and headed for Hairatan, considering it as a new cargo route between Afghanistan and China. Lanzhou is a transportation hub in northwest China. At present, it has opened international train services reaching over 30 cities in more than 20 countries. The freight train is loaded with 39 containers of goods, worth $1.5 million, which include auto parts, furniture, office supplies, and mechanical equipment. Abdul Sami Durani, a spokesperson Afghanistan Railway Authority, has told The Kabul Times correspondent that the exports and imports’ level will increase with launching the new railway route between Afghanistan and China. Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) says with increasing level in exports and imports of commercial goods through railway, the revenue of the authority has reached to 3 billion AFG in the past one year, showing 22 percent increase comparing to previous year. It is worth mentioning that exports of Afghanistan domestic products to neighboring and regional countries have increased considerably comparing to previous years. It is hoped that the level of exports of the country’s products will more increase in coming months. Samiullah Momand

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.