Gwadar port started handling Afghan bound cargo

The strategically located port of Pakistan Gwadar port has started handling transit cargo to and from Pakistan. The location of the port makes it more approachable to the southern region of Afghanistan. The shipment will be loaded on trucks and sent to Afghanistan through the Pak-Afghan border at Chaman.

The twitter page of Chinese Embassy in Islamabad announced the momentous occasion by writing “Afghan Transit Trade started at Gwadar Port, the first ship full of containers reached Gwadar Port today. CPEC and the Belt and Road Initiative are promoting regional economic ties”

Afghanistan has relied on Pakistani land routes as well as its ports for international trade after a bilateral agreement, known as the Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (ATTA), was signed between the two countries. Pakistan handles around 47 per cent of total Afghan exports, while almost 60 per cent of Afghan transit trade goes through the Torkham border crossing.