During the National Carpet Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, Child Labor Free and Establishment of Innovations Center, held at Safi Landmark Hotel on December 8, 2015, the MOU was signed between representatives of the Afghanistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Guild (ACMEG) and Turkish Airlines, in the presence of HE Humayoon Rasaw, Minister of Commerce and Industries (MOCI). This MoU was one of the several efforts that ABADE has undertaken to facilitate the direct shipments of Afghan carpets at a lower shipping rate to more than 200 destinations in the world and assist the Afghan carpet exporters to export carpets to international markets without mediators from neighboring countries, thus preserving the Made in Afghanistan mark on Afghan carpets.
Afghan carpet exporters have been exporting carpets to international customers through Pakistan due to the fact that Afghanistan is a landlocked country and the nearest sea port is Karachi, located in Pakistan. Even though shipping through Karachi by sea is cheaper, the Afghan carpet industry was affected negatively in other ways – the added value remained in Pakistan, while the carpets were usually rebranded as “Made in Pakistan” and then shipped onward to international clients.
This MoU will assist Afghan carpet exporters to ship their products directly from Afghanistan to more than 200 destinations in Asia, Europe and America, with a lower rate provided by Turkish Airlines to the carpet industry only. This MoU will enable the Afghan sellers to export carpets directly to all destinations in America for $3.50 per kg, and $2.20 per kg to all destinations in Europe. This rate is cheaper than current Afghan market rates.
The final outcome of this effort by ABADE is that the carpet industry will now be able to export their carpets directly from Afghanistan cheaper and faster by an international airline and thus remain competitive in the international market.