Customs authorities at Torkham refused to clear trucks loaded with grapes on the pretext that these were not true Afghan grapes. They said that fruit importers insisted that they possessed the certificate of origin of grapes issued by the Afghan authorities.
At least 25 vehicles, loaded with different varieties of grapes, were stranded on Pakistan side of the border as Customs authorities said that those were imported from Central Asian Republics instead of Afghanistan. Sources said that officials argued that grapes harvesting season had not yet started in Afghanistan.
Fruit traders said that a similar number of vehicles loaded with Afghan grapes were stationed on the Afghan side of the border, awaiting clearance by Pakistani authorities. Sources said that officials were demanding the existing stock of arrived grapes to be cleared as imported from Tajikistan or Kirghizstan. But the transporters and local clearing agents were resisting it, they added.