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The government is tightening the rules for Afghan transit trade

By Vaseline May26,2024

Strict enforcement of ATT routes; mandatory registration of carriers


The government decided on Friday to strictly implement the Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) facility, enforce rules that allow freight transport only through the previously agreed routes and the registration of transport companies for the Temporary Entry Document (TED) pass to make mandatory.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) made changes to the customs rules in 2001, stipulating that Afghan goods would henceforth be transported only through the routes specified in the ATT agreement. No other routes – either sea or land – would be allowed for ATT goods.

According to a document seen by The Express Tribune, authorized transport companies supplying ATT goods must register with the Directorate of Transit Trade offices in Peshawar and Quetta to obtain Temporary Entry Documents (TED) to enter Pakistan.

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To obtain the TED, transport companies must provide a certified copy of the computerized national identity card of the vehicle owner, the vehicle registration book, the vehicle suitability certificate and a declaration of responsibility for the safe transport of import and export goods in the context of transit trade. .

Drivers and cleaners of the vehicles transporting goods are exempt from any fees. The document stated that the TED would include the date of issue and the expiration date. For an extension of the TED, the country in question would have to be contacted through the Transportation and Commercial Office.

The document further explained that if a vehicle was damaged in an accident or if the driver or cleaner of the vehicle was injured or fell ill during the journey and had to stay for more than 30 days, the case would be referred to the country concerned.

The ATT Agreement, signed between Pakistan and Afghanistan, aims to facilitate the smooth transit of goods between the two countries and thereby boost economic activity. However, over the years the ATT has faced numerous challenges, including issues such as smuggling and the use of unauthorized routes.

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