Afghanistan Importing Far More Than It Exports
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
March 10, 2009
KABUL -- Afghanistan's Chamber of Commerce
president says that general trade turnover in the
country has reached $6 billion.
Talking to RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan (RFA),
Mohammad Qurban Haqjoo said that Afghanistan's imports
far outweigh the country's exports, as the country has
some $5 billion in imports.
Haqjoo said that since 2003, exports in Afghanistan
have increased fivefold to reach $500 million in 2008.
He added that China remains the major importer to
Afghanistan. The country exports rugs, gems,
handicrafts, and dry and fresh fruits. It imports
food, machines, clothes, autos, oil, and gas, mostly
from its neighbors.