The Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) said on Thursday that the Taliban has stopped all imports and exports from India through Pakistan’s transit routes. This extremist organization has gained control of Afghanistan in recent times.
FIEO Director General Ajay Sahai was quoted by ANI as saying, “We are keeping a close watch on the developments in Afghanistan. From there the imports take place through the transit route of Pakistan. Till now Taliban has stopped the movement of goods to Pakistan, hence Almost all imports have been stopped.”
FIEO said that the prices of dry fruits in India may increase in the near future, as the country imports about 85 percent of these items from Afghanistan.
On the export side, Sahai said that some goods were being exported through the International North-South Corridor and others were going through the Dubai route. Stating that India has healthy trade ties with Afghanistan, Sahai said the latter’s exports for 2021 were around $835 million.
Expressing hope on improving trade relations despite the worsening crisis in Afghanistan, he added, “We imported goods worth about USD 510 million, but apart from trade, we have huge investments in Afghanistan. We have about 3 million dollars in Afghanistan. billion USD and there are about 400 projects in Afghanistan, some of which are currently underway.”
On Wednesday, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar said the government was closely monitoring the developments in Afghanistan. He said the focus is on ensuring the safety and safe return of Indian citizens, who are still there.