Kinnow exports in slow pace to achieve its target in ongoing season

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Lahore, Jan 20 (Online): Vice President Pakistan Businesses Forum (PBF), Ahmad
Jawad on Wednesday says Afghanistan recently imposed import duty
on Pakistani kinnows upsetting the 100,000-tons market to exporters.
Despite two countries remain in talks.

Currently Afghanistan impose custom duty at 30 percent on kinnow at
the import side which swerved hammer to achieve kinnow export target

Though Pakistan and Afghanistan are to hold the next round of parleys
on new
draft of Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) at the
end of
the current month or early next month as the term of pact will expire on
February 11, 2021.
“Jawad revealed that differences exist between the two sides particularly
on
three to four issues, due to which the minutes of the second round were
not
signed”.
However to open a new chapter of transit trade and to facilitate transit
trade
between Afghanistan and Pakistan, both sides almost agreed on urgent
solution of the remaining operational issues as soon as possible.
The Afghan side pointed out that Pakistan has raised the customs
valuation on
Afghan exports to Pakistan especially on fresh fruits and dry fruits since
last
three years. Pakistan side stated that Afghanistan has also raised
customs
valuation on Pakistan kinnow, mango and vegetables exports.
Both sides agreed to review and agree to a mechanism beneficial for
exporters
on both sides within one month including other issues too which also
involves
the issue of containers and Demurrages & Detention Charges.

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