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Trade in Afghanistan

Afghanistan was the world’s 136th largest exporter of goods in 2021. Export values were $1.03 billion USD. Afghanistan’s top export category was agricultural products, followed by fuels and mining products, and manufactures. In 2019, Afghanistan’s main export destination markets for goods and services trade were to India, Pakistan and China. In terms of imports, Afghanistan is the world’s 116th largest importer of goods. Import values were $5.55 billion USD in 2021. Afghanistan’s top import category was manufactures, followed by agricultural products and fuels and mining products. Leading import partners were Iran, China and Pakistan. Afghanistan is part of 2 different Regional Trade Agreements, including India – Afghanistan, South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA).
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General Information

This section includes general information on the economy, legal system, official languages and links to additional demographic information.

Official Name

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Abbreviation

AF

Capital

Kabul

WTO Membership Date

29 July 2016

Legal System

Before the Taliban's takeover of Kabul in August 2021, Afghanistan had a mixed legal system of civil, customary, and Islamic (sharia) law; after August 2021, the Taliban’s so-called “interim government” has claimed to be implementing its own interpretation of Islamic law, partially based on the Hanafi school of Islamic jurisprudence.

Language

Dari Persian, Pashto

Number of Time Zone(s)

1

Additional Information

Financial Information

This section includes financial information such as the currency, exchange rate lookup and local banks issuing trade finance.

Currency

Afghan afghani

Exchange Rate

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GTFP Confirming Banks

Through the IFC's Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) bank network, local financial institutions can establish working partnerships with a vast number of major international banks in the Program that can broaden access to finance and reduce cash collateral requirements. This extends and complements the capacity of banks to deliver trade finance by providing risk mitigation on a per-transaction basis in challenging markets where trade lines may be limited.
  • Bank Alfalah Afghanistan - Kabul, Afghanistan - SWIFT: ALFHAFKA

  • Habib Bank Limited Kabul Main - Kabul, Afghanistan - SWIFT: HABBAFKA

  • Habib Bank Limited Kabul Serena - Kabul, Afghanistan - SWIFT: HABBAFKA

Contact Information

This section includes contact information for business support organizations and national resources.

Business Support Organizations

Copyright Offices

  • Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC)

Industrial Property Offices

  • Afghanistan Central Business Registry & Intellectual Properties

  • Ministry of Industry and Commerce (ACBR-IP)

SPS Enquiry Points

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Dr. Ahmad Faridon
    Head of Agriculture Productions and Productivity Program Planning
    Phone: +93(0)799213295

    General Directorate of Planning and Program Coordination
    Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)

    [email protected]

TBT Enquiry Points

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • WTO/TBT Enquiry Point

    Phone: (+93) 75 20 86 743; (+93) 77 1 76 79 95

    Jalalabad Highway

    Industrial Parks, Kabul

    P.O Box No: 5172

    Central Post Office, Kabul

    [email protected]
  • Afghan National Standards Authority (ANSA)
    Phone: (+ 93)75 20 86 74 3; (+93)77 17 67 99 5
    Website: http://ansa.gov.af

    Kabul - Jalalabad Highway
    Industrial Parks Kabul
    P.O Box No: 5172
    Central Post Office, Kabul

Additional Information

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Links to other helpful resources

This section includes additional links to trade-related resources.

Trade Information Portal

https://moci.gov.af/

Last Reviewed: June, 2023

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