Afghanistan opened a new route to India on Sunday from the way to Chabahar in Iran for export to India. Indeed, the war-torn country surrounded by land on all four sides, Afghanistan is reaching overseas markets to improve its economy. Officials said that 23 trucks carrying 57 tonnes of dried fruits, textiles, carpets and mineral items were dispatched to Chabahar Port in Iran from the western Afghan city of Zaranj.
These goods will reach Mumbai via ship. Initiating the new route for export, President Ashraf Ghani said that Afghanistan is gradually improving exports to reduce trade deficit. He said, "Chabahar Port is the result of healthy cooperation between India, Iran and Afghanistan and it will ensure economic growth."
Iran's port gives Afghanistan easy access to the sea. India has helped in developing this route, which facilitates trade by both countries bypassing Pakistan. The US had given exemption to India on certain restrictions for the development of Chabahar Port of strategic importance last year. These exemptions include the creation of a railway line connecting Chabahar Port with Afghanistan. Chabahar port has special strategic importance in the development of Afghanistan.
Earlier, India exported 11 lakh tonnes of wheat and 2000 tonnes of lentil oil to Afghanistan through Chabahar Port. In 2018, Afghanistan exported $ 740 million to India and it is its largest export center.