Beginning on April 1, Pakistan and China intend to resume trade via the Khunjerab Pass, their sole land border. This choice comes after a three-year border shutdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, which significantly hurt regional trade.
Both governments have finalised arrangements to reopen the border gate for bilateral trade and other operations as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The pass was briefly reopened for imports from China last year despite a decline in COVID-19 cases and a recovery in global economic activity. Although imports into China have already resumed and exports from Pakistan are scheduled to start on 1 April, both countries have now decided to properly reopen the crossings in two stages.
Rana Mohammad Saleem Afzal, the home secretary for Gilgit Baltistan, claims that both governments have given their approval for the reopening of the Khunjerab Pass on April 3 for commercial and transit purposes.
Shipments from China will now enter Pakistan via the Khunjerab Pass, which serves as the entrance to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Soon, the procedure for giving border permits will start, enabling the resumption of trade between the two countries.