Industry Sector

Investing in the Industry Sector

While the agriculture sector presents and is likely to present in the near and mid-term future the most important industry sector, Afghanistan is keen on establishing a low-end manufacturing sector, which will absorb many unemployed Afghans.

Low-cost manufacturing industry could be established in Afghanistan as currently big players like China and India are now moving a step forward into more sophisticated industries. Areas suitable for investment in manufacturing industry are likely to be those imports that can be first supplied to the local market and later export them when domestic demand is met, these products are discussed below. Investment in import substitutions will offset the current trade deficit and the huge volume of imports indicate that all these products have a market in the country.  

Trade Balance


Exported Oriented Industries

Carpet Dry Fruits Processing  
Handicrafts Leather & Animals Skin Fresh Fruits Processing


Import Oriented Industries

Poultry – USD 44 million import volume Iron melting & Steel Mills – USD 56 million import volume Stationary – USD 56 million import volume
Fuel – USD 1.2 billion import volume Carpets – USD 20 million import volume Detergents – USD 75 million import volume
Wall Paints – USD 20.3 million import volume Leather & Footwear – USD 45 million import volume Food & Beverages – USD 1.75 billion import volume
Glasses – USD 23.9 million import volume Electronics & Home Appliances – USD 323 million import volume Tire & Plastic Products – USD 84 million import volume
Salt – USD 1.5 million import volume Cotton, Graments & Textile – USD 365million import volume Dairy Products – USD 54 million import volume

Handicrafts & Clothing


Business, Investment and Trade Desk:

Commercial and Economic Affairs 
Tel: +44 207 2250095

Office Address:
Economic and Trade Desk
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
31 Prince’s Gate, SW7 1QQ
London, UK

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