KABUL : With fruit season kicking off, Pakistan has raised by over three-fold its import duty on Afghanistan fruit. Henceforth, Afghanistan will have to pay 13,800 for each metric ton of fruits of any item, contrary to 3,800 of the past. The moves comes as Afghanistan, largely dependent on agriculture and Pakistan one of its biggest markets, is going through a phase of uncertainty over the elections and relation with Pakistan is increasingly at rift over security concerns. Asked for response, spokesman for the ministry of commerce and industries Musafir Qoqandi warned of same action - levying greater import duty on Pakistani items - if the country kept it at currently increased rate.

Afghanistan’s trade with Pakistan mounts to $2.5 million per year in value.