Economic Commission approved a scheme to prevent deforestation and timber smuggling following a comprehensive assessment

June 16, 2022

The 24th meeting of the Economic Commission was held under the chairmanship of Deputy PM for Economic Affairs, Mullah Abdul Ghani Beradar Akhund.

At this meeting, various issues were discussed in detail and necessary decisions were made. The Economic Commission has approved the decisions of a committee headed by the Ministry of Finance, which recently visited the Abu Nasr-e-Farahi port to address the problems of traders. According to the decisions, the Abu Nasr Farahi port transshipment route will be officially reopened for the time being in accordance with the laws of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The route was closed due to the importing of poor quality and smuggled goods.

Following these decisions, the importation of those goods and products which are considered illegal by the Islamic Emirate is banned through the transshipment of Abu Nasr Farahi port. If traders import substandard goods, they will face legal action and their goods will be confiscated.

The Economic Commission also approved a scheme developed by the Ministry of Agriculture to prevent deforestation and timber smuggling following a comprehensive assessment.

According to the scheme, no one has the right to cut down forests on their own or smuggle the felled timber abroad.

The scheme by the Ministry of Agriculture comes at a time when the country's natural forests have been ruled by mafias for the past 20 years. These forests were cut down by the same mafia and smuggled abroad.