Includes the barriers (tariff and non-tariff) that U.S. companies face when exporting to this country.
Last Published: 4/17/2016
Trade with Afghanistan is complicated and cumbersome.  Customs regulations and procedures are neither transparent nor consistent (see below).  The World Bank 2014 Doing Business Report ranks Afghanistan 184 out of 189 in trading across borders.
Government procurement is covered by the Public Procurement Law (October 2005) which stipulates that procuring entities establish a domestic procurement requirement and provides a bid price incentive to entities that have a resident representative and paid Afghan taxes.  The Hydrocarbons Law of 2009 and the Minerals Law of 2009 stipulate that if Afghan goods and services are similar and equivalent in quality, quantity, and price to imported foreign goods and services, contractors are obligated to purchase and procure Afghan goods and services.  

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Afghanistan Trade Barriers