Suger-loaded trucks not allowed to enter Afghanistan

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By Ashrafuddin Pirzada

LANDIKOTAL: On the directives of the Economic Coordination Committee(ECC) Islamabad customs authorities at the Torkham border did not allow entry of 102 long trailer trucks carrying sugar to Afghanistan and sent them back to Jamrud customs office for further action, sources said on Thursday.

A Pakistan customs official at Torkham on the request of anonymity told The News that on the written directives of the Economic Coordination Committee Islamabad, they did not allow the 102 trucks loaded with 3774 tons of sugar to be exported to Afghanistan. He said the ECC had taken the decision after the shortage of sugar that caused hiked sugar prices in the country.

He said the truck had reached to Torkham border some two weeks ago and had paid all its export dues and taxes. He said all the trucks were sent to Jamrud’s customs office where they would be waiting for a further decision from the ECC committee.

The official said the export of onions was also banned in Afghanistan. He said all customs agents had been informed of the ECC ban on sugar and onions.