Motorists concerned about rising fuel prices in Afghanistan
Afghans have raised concerns over the increase in fuel prices on the local market, despite the resumption of fuel imports from neighboring countries.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Officials from ’s_Chamber of Commerce and Investment said last week that imports of and gas through and Aqina ports have resumed.
Motorists have however called on the Islamic Emirate to monitor and control market prices.
According to them, petrol currently costs 65 AFN per liter; diesel is 56 AFN; and gas costs between 72 and 80 AFN per kilogram in Kabul.
The Council of Fuel Merchants, however, says that limited access to cash and banking transactions, along with a monopoly of the industry by a few companies, are the key reasons for rising fuel prices.
Mohammad Asif, a member of the organization, stated: “If the Islamic Emirate wants to control the issue, they should control it at the [border] customs. Although [import] tariffs have been cut by 50%, prices are still high due to a monopoly of imports by some companies. They (merchants) set prices as they wish.”
Khan Jan , Deputy Head of the Chamber of Commerce and Investment, stated: “The problem is that wholesalers have not set the market price, and when retailers distribute the goods to other areas that causes an increase in rates.”
People also called on property owners to reduce rental rates of houses in city, amid a looming economic crisis in Afghanistan.
Landlords, however, stated that the average rental has dropped by 50% compared to last year.