No Trade Between Iran and Pakistan Due to Border Restrictions
IRAN NEWS ECONOMIC DESK
TEHRAN – A member of board of directors of Pakistan-Iran Joint Chamber of Commerce says continuation of current restrictions in Pakistan’s border crossings will create serious problems for trade between Iran and Pakistan.
Speaking to ILNA, Mahmoud Tohidast pointed to the current condition of trade between both countries, adding that there is no trade between both states. He further said the outbreak of Cronavirus has created abundant problems in borders between two countries and for now, there is no official trade between Iran and Pakistan.
He also said due to the beginning of the holy month of Ramadhan, the trade between both countries would almost come to a halt.
Tohidast reiterated that the Coronavirus broke out in Pakistan sooner than Iran and if Pakistan continues border restrictions, the trade between Iran and Pakistan will face serious problems, adding that it is necessary that all officials of both countries continue talks to resolve problems by presenting solutions through observing all health protocols in order to resume activities and trade.
He admitted the outbreak of virus has affected transportation activists and truck drivers more than any other jobs.
Tohidast went on to say that one may see some trade activities in the borders but they are not official and they are mostly smuggling of goods.
He said Iran has reopened business and it may open its borders too, but Pakistan still insists on keeping their borders closed.
He admitted that even after the opening of borders, most drivers may refrain from resuming activities to stay away from being infected by the virus.