How does one go about exporting to Afghanistan?

Question posted by Rosa Manson, on behalf of Humanitarian Emergency Planning Disaster Relief Consultancy Ltd in Cullompton, Devon

Afghanistan is a war torn country, but surely there must be some way of exporting to Afghanistan as much must be needed in the way of infrastructure or materials.

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Adam Woodhams , on behalf of Cargo Link Express (UK) Limited in East Midlands Airport .

Dear Rosa,

Cargo Link Express specialise in exporting to AF, please feel free to give me a call to discuss further.

07803 609 222

Best Regards

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Keith Hodgson, on behalf of PLK International in Thailand & UK.

Cargo Link have a very good reputation.

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Tim Flint, on behalf of Damco UK Ltd in SO16.

Hi Rosa,

As with other countries in the region, there are of course challenges both in terms of the export and import processes that need to be followed when shipping goods to Afghanistan; nevertheless, these are not insurmountable and all types of commercial cargo are currently being exported. Some of the complication arises as a result of Afghanistan being a land-locked country and therefore the level of complexity can depend on the means of transport. For example, an ocean shipment to Karachi and then road to Afghanistan will require customs clearances and transport documentation for movement through Pakistan. This includes the customs clearance and the Federal Board of Revenue requirements at the Pakistan/Afghanistan border. On the other hand, a multi-modal transport option based on an ocean move to say the UAE and then air transport to Afghanistan is an alternative to avoiding road haulage through Pakistan, but will of course require experienced freight forwarding staff to process the consignment through Dubai customs.

Just some initial thoughts, which I hope prove helpful. Regards, Tim

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Adam North, on behalf of Export Consultant in Essex.

Hi Rosa,

I not a freight forwarder but I do have experience of sending goods to Afghanistan. As said by Tim it does depend on the route or goods you wish to send. I have in the past used both DHL Express for small carton and DHL Global for pallets, both by Air Freight. As you can imagine the costs for doing so are high but the route is less at risk than by road as is it a land locked country.

The problem with sea and road is the routes in to AF vary due to the security risk or situation. Often routes can be closed due to roadside bombings which can make finding a freight forwarder that will take this risk or time to find a solution quite difficult.

Do not be off put by this as there will be a solution but it may come at an increased cost.

My advice is if the goods can be packaged for air freight then this in my opinion would be best practice.

Let me know if you need any more advice.

Adam

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