On June 12, 2011, the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) came into effect. It allows Afghan trucks to carry Afghan exports to the giant markets of India and China, as well as the rest of the world, through the seaports of Karachi, Port Qasim and Gwador. APTTA has the potential to play a vital role in Afghanistan’s economic and regional development by improving the flow of goods outside the country. It will reduce both the cost and the difficulty of getting Afghan exports to foreign markets. Afghan Customs will be instrumental in ensuring the smooth operation of this new transit agreement. The work to fully implement the agreement is ongoing. Meetings between the two countries were held in September to discuss and reach agreement on technical details.Click here for additional information and to download a copy of the agreement.