17 July 2010
A new Afghan-Pakistan Transit Agreement (APTTA) has been finalized between the two
countries in the presence of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The agreement allows
Afghan trucks to carry export goods to Wagah border for destinations in India.
A record note comprising minutes of the agreement was signed by the commerce
ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Under the agreement, Pakistan will also be able
to use Afghan territory for its exports to Central Asian Republics. However, Indian goods
for Afghanistan will not be allowed to transit through land route in Pakistan
The document signed states Pakistan and Afghansitan hope that resolution of all
outstanding matters relating to the finalization of Afghan Pakistan Transit Trade
Agreement would help in the early signing of the Agreement, after completion of legal
processes from both sides. The Agreement would be an important milestone in the
development of Pak-Afghan trade and economic relationship to the mutual benefit of
both sides, it added.