Turk­ish Airlines to carry Afghan car­pets at dis­count

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

AC­CORD­ING to a re­port by Kabul-based Tolonews, Tur­key’s na­tional flag car­rier Turk­ish Airlines (THY) signed an agree­ment with the Afghan Car­pet Pro­duc­ers and Ex­porters Union in mid-Oc­to­ber stip­u­lat­ing that the air­line would carry Afghan car­pets to 300 des­ti­na­tions at a 50 per­cent dis­count. Tolonews high­lighted that the agree­ment will help Afghan car­pet sell­ers sell their wares around the world, es­pe­cially in Europe.

Afghan ex­porters will be charged $2.50 per kilo­gram to trans­port their car­pets to Euro­pean coun­tries, and the car­pets will reach their des­ti­na­tions within three days.

“The goal is to cre­ate di­rect con­tact between Afghan busi­ness­men and com­pa­nies so their car­pets can reach the tar­get mar­ket on time,” said Ja­mal Mu­ra­dian, di­rec­tor for in­ter­na­tional cargo at THY.

Mem­bers of the union told Tolonews the agree­ment would pro­vide them the chance to in­crease their turnover.

“Now the cost of trans­fer­ring car­pets abroad has sharply de­creased. Be­fore the agree­ment with Turk­ish Airlines, we were pay­ing $2 per kilo­gram of car­pet just to Dubai, but now we are pay­ing $0.08,” said Sayed Ab­bas, a mem­ber of the union.

Of­fi­cials from Afghanistan’s Com­merce Min­istry said they are con­tin­u­ing with their ef­forts to pro­vide bet­ter ways to ex­port do­mes­tic goods, es­pe­cially car­pets.

In Oc­to­ber of last year, the THY also signed an agree­ment with Afghanistan’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Min­istry to cre­ate more fa­cil­i­ties and de­liver im­proved postal ser­vices to Afghan ci­ti­zens.

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