- Title: Trucks rolling across Afghanistan border as trade resumes
- Date: 19th August 2021
- Summary: TORKHAM, PAKISTAN (AUGUST 19, 2021) (REUTERS) TRUCK PASSING THROUGH BORDER GATE / FLAG APPEARING TO BE THE TALIBAN FLAG ARMED SECURITY MEN BESIDE GATE TRUCK PASSING THROUGH BORDER VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AND ARMED SECURITY STANDING AT BORDER TRUCK PASSING THROUGH BORDER VARIOUS OF TRUCKS PARKED (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) OWNER OF CUSTOMS CLEARING AGENCY, IMRAN ALI, SAYING: â€œEarlier, there were no hurdles in business. In export and import business the bank is very important because the business depends on bank channelâ€™s TT (Telegraphic Transfer or telex transfer) and LC (letter of Credit). Now, after the Taliban takeover, we are facing problems in banking channels because banks are closed in Afghanistan. So, we are facing problems in TT.â€ BORDER GATE WITH PAKISTANI FLAGS / TRUCKS (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) OWNER OF CUSTOMS CLEARING AGENCY, IMRAN ALI, SAYING: ''â€œIn case of the absence of banks, this (import, export) business will shut down within two weeks because our business largely depends on banks.â€ TRUCKS ON ROAD AT PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN BORDER
- Embargoed: 2nd September 2021 22:26
- Keywords: Afghanistan Pakistan Taliban border
- Location: TORKHAM, PAKISTAN
- City: TORKHAM, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQY6GQV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Commercial traffic across Afghanistan's border with Pakistan at Torkham crossing picked up on Thursday (August 19) as the shock of the Taliban's lightning seizure of power began to ease and confidence returned.
Armed guards monitored trucks as they passed while the Taliban's white flag appeared to hang over the crossing.
Despite the Ashura religious holiday the movement at the border is perhaps a sign that trade was beginning to return to normal.
Imran Ali, an owner of a customs clearing agency said however there were issues with bank transfers that may affect imports and exports crossing the border in the long run.
Shipments between the two countries were disrupted after Taliban insurgents started making military advances earlier this month, leading to the eventual the fall of the capital Kabul.
(Production: Waseem Sattar, Shahabuddin Shahab)
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