Logistic and forwarding services in Afghanistan


Capital City

30,55 Mio.

National languages
50% Dari, 40% Paschtu, 5% Usbekisch, andere

Afghani (AFA)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 20,31 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 665

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 7,28 Mio. (prov.)

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 0,13 Mio. (prov.)

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Afghanistan

The long-standing and good bilateral relations are characterised by Switzerland’s humanitarian and development engagement in Afghanistan.  Switzerland is actively involved in the long-term development and reconstruction of the country.

Economic cooperation

As an agrarian country agriculture is very important to Afghanistan. The volume of bilateral trade is modest: In 2014, Switzerland’s imports from Afghanistan stood at CHF 0.1 million and its exports to the country amounted to CHF 7.3 million. Swiss investments in Afghanistan are very limited.


Business language

English, Arabic

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.


National currency Afghani (AF) = 100 puls (Pl)
ISO code: AFN

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

Alcoholic drinks, live pigs and products made from these, certain substances which are ozone depleting, ammonium nitrate, vehicles (older than ten years), weapons and munitions etc. are subject to a ban on imports. There are special import restrictions and measures on, for example, plant products, medications, foods, telecommunication devices, etc. It is advisable to contact the relevant ministry in advance about goods for which there are import restrictions. It is necessary to note that many imports to Pakistan are processed via a Pakistan transit. The transit requires transit authorisation from the Pakistani customs authorities. Foreign exchange transactions have been liberalised.
Standard VAT rate: 3%

Terms of payment and tenders

Payment on the basis of an irrevocable letter of credit recommended, otherwise payment in advance.
Tenders in EUR or USD on a CIF basis for Karachi (via sea) or a CIF basis via GUS states (arrange freight forwarding in advance).

Designations of origin

None requested by “Made in …” marking recommended. Packages must be clearly labelled with the destination, gross and net weight, brand and number and the dimensions.


Robust, waterproof, shock-resistant and dust-proof packaging recommended due to the difficult transport conditions. Hay and straw are permitted as packaging materials. Ask the importer for other packaging regulations.

Product samples

Samples, including those with no retail value, must be registered on import and are duty free if their value is low. The limit is approximately AF 1.000.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and for:

a) Commercial invoices: 3-6 commercial invoices in English with all standard information including a precise description of the goods and an indication of the country of origin. At the end of the invoice there must be a legally valid signature (in accordance with the entry in the commercial register) with the following declaration: “The statements in this invoice are true and correct according to our business books”. Certified by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. If the exporter’s headquarters has an Afghan representation, consular certification is required.

b) Certificates of origin (3 copies) generally required. The following should be indicated as the country of origin: “Swiss” or “European Union” depending on the case.

c) Bills of lading without certification. In the case of order bills of lading, a notify address must be issued.

d) Packing list, 2 copies in English with precise information including the weight, contents and external dimensions required.

e) Postal packages up to 31.5 kg: place 1 foreign dispatch note, 3 customs declaration in English, 1 commercial invoice in the package.