The Tech Trade in Afghanistan
The tech supply chain in Afghanistan is hampered by ongoing political instability, security risks, lack of existing infrastructure, corruption, and sanctions. Importing tech goods into the region can be a daunting and often uncertain task.
While dual-use goods present a particular challenge around the world, in regions with endemic political unrest and systematic conflict, import and export controls become more intensive.
The local customs authority and governing bodies have imposed a number of special import duties and trade compliance measures on tech goods. Additional Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) affect the import of tech goods, and these measures include product standards, testing, and labeling requirements.
Trade agreements like the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) and The India-Afghanistan Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) are among several other trade agreements with neighboring countries aimed at boosting global trade.