KABUL - Afghanistan has launched an alternate trade route to Europe replacing Pakistan's Karachi route.
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said the Lapis Lazuli Corridor is a good alternative to the Karachi transit route to Europe.
The ministry said that with the arrival of the Afghan goods to Turkey, the ministry will discuss with member states on a fundamental solution to the problems faced by Afghan investors.
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that based on their findings, the Lapis Lazuli Corridor is low in cost, safe and close compared with Karachi port for transit of Afghanistan’s goods to Europe.
According to the ministry, it takes less than 16 days for Afghanistan’s goods to reach Europe through Lapis Lazuli route, while the same goods will take more than 20 days and with dozens of problems to reach to Europe through Karachi port.
“The Afghan cargo received good support and cooperation by the member countries of the Lapis Lazuli,” said Mohammad Yahya Akhlaqi, head of transit department in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.