Khunjerab Pass to reopen for trade in April

By Staff Reporter | Gwadar Pro Mar 30, 2023

GILGIT, Mar. 30 (Gwadar Pro) - The Khunjerab Pass, a key land border crossing between Pakistan and China at Khunjerab, is being reopened for trade activities in April, according to an official notification.

The Pass was once closed to contain coronavirus transmission between the two countries. Right now relevant parties are making efforts to green-light customs clearance, hoping to drive up cross-border trade and business in the post COVID-19 era.

Khunjerab Port is the only land port linking Pakistan and China. Khunjerab Pass on the Pakistan-China border is a strategic point on the Karakoram Highway, which links Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China.

The Pass usually remains open from April 1 to November 30 every year, and remains closed from December 1 to March 31 of the following year because of cold weather and lack of oxygen at a high altitude.

It is pertinent to mention that Khunjerab Pass is temporarily open twice earlier this year to transport goods from China to Pakistan. The two temporary openings have facilitated 128 cross-border personnel visits, 328 vehicles' passes and more than 6,000 tons of goods exportation.

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