The import of dry fruits and fresh fruits through the integrated check-post at the Attari-Wagah border has doubled during the past fortnight. Ahead of the winter season, the import of apple, cherry, grapes and dry fruits has picked up pace.

Satish Dhyani, manager at the ICP, said the average daily arrival from Afghanistan increased from 440 ton to 1,100 ton during the past fortnight. Before August 15, the average daily arrival used to be approximately 20 trucks, which now reached to about 50 trucks.

Sanjiv Puri, a customs broker, said ahead of the winter, there was a good demand for fresh and dry fruits in pockets of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi and Punjab. “About 80 per cent of the imported dry and fresh fruits are supplied to Delhi and importers based at Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Punjab import the rest.”