The Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) said that the process of transporting commercial goods by train from China to Afghanistan will start this month.
The head of the Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) stated during his visit to Uzbekistan that the ARA and a Chinese company had agreed to transfer commercial goods from China to Afghanistan via Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Tolo News reported.
"We have reached an agreement with three countries, including a private company, and the details will be negotiated and finalized this afternoon,” said Bakht Rahman Sharaft, the head of Afghanistan Railway Authority.
The Chinese company is expected to transport 3,500 to 5,000 containers of commercial goods in each round, and some Afghan traders may choose to use this route instead of the port of Karachi.
The transfer of raw materials from China to Afghanistan by train will cut costs according to representatives of the Chamber of Industries and Mines, while Afghanistan's commercial goods remain in Karachi port for weeks at a time.
Currently, the port of Karachi serves as the entry point for commercial goods into Afghanistan from China. The Chamber of Commerce and Investment said that this route costs Afghanistan a significant amount of money.