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Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the level of (a) exports and (b) imports in Afghanistan in each year between 1995 and 2006. (112306)

Data on export and import levels is patchy in Afghanistan and only goes back to 2002.

Afghanistan’s exports amounted to $1.3 billion in 2002, $1.9 billion in 2003, and $1.6 billion in 2004 and 2005. In the past year it is expected to increase to $1.7 billion. Expanding the export base is one of Afghanistan’s trade policy aims and is a key part of a broader private sector development strategy.

According to best estimates, Afghanistan imported $2.5 billion worth of goods in 2002. This has been steadily increasing each year to $3.8 billion in 2003, $3.9 billion in 2004, $4.2 billion in 2005 and $4.7 billion in 2006.