Trade has been suspended at the Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan’s Gwadar district, raising concerns among traders that trucks of fresh fruit are deteriorating.
Hundreds of trailers loaded with containers and other vehicles have been stopped on both sides of the border due to the closure of the Rimdan border post, the second most important border checkpoint between Pakistan and Iran after Taftan .
The Rimdan border post was opened in December 2020.
Traders claim that a recently appointed FIA inspector has stopped hundreds of vehicles at the border by making passports and visas compulsory for drivers on both sides. However, they say, drivers for Chaman, Mand and Panjgur are exempt from passports and visas under the Pakistan-Iran trade deal.
The FBR collects more than 500 million rupees per month in taxes at the Rimdan border post, according to a report released by the FBR last year.
There is also a risk that fresh fruit and vegetables worth tens of millions of rupees will be wasted, traders say.
Trucks carrying mangoes, grapes, apples and other fresh fruits and vegetables are stranded on both sides of the border.
Not only will traders suffer losses amounting to tens of millions of rupees, but the government will also suffer heavy losses in terms of foreign exchange, traders say.
The business community has called on the FIA Managing Director and Deputy Commissioner Gwadar to take note of the situation and reopen the border post.