As per the All Pakistan Food and Vegetable Exporters Association, the mangoes export from Pakistan to Iran via the Taftan border in Balochistan has been getting badly affected as trade is permitted however for limited timings and days.
In a letter to Ijaz Ahmed Shah, the federal Interior Minister on Monday, exporters expressed that currently the border is open on alternate days from 8 am to 2 pm.
75 trucks had reached Pakistan from Iran with LPG gas, miscellaneous items, and cement is being used for the export of mangoes which are unequipped and less in number for the outflow of fruits, as per the letter.
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Traders have issued complains that owing to these limited timings and the number of trucks, the export of mangoes is likely to get affected as much as $714,000 which is equal to more than 1 billion rupees.
So far, 60 trucks are parked at the Taftan border stuffed with mangoes. If these trucks are staying here for long, the fruit might go stale.
The traders have asked that the number of trucks permitted to trade should be surged to 150 and the timings and days of the border should also be increased.