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Those going to China should be ready. Pak-China border Khunjarab pass has been opened

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and Gilgit-Baltistan are connected by a pass that was blocked in 2020 due of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Official sources state that port authorities in China have been directed to take all necessary steps to contain Covid-19 before to the entry of products from Pakistan and that Chinese authorities have communicated a letter with Pakistani officials regarding the reopening of the route for trade. Similarly, Pakistani border authorities have also been directed to take all necessary steps to ensure that Covid-19 is contained.

Due to cold temperatures and low oxygen levels at high altitudes, Khunjerab Pass is normally closed from December 1 to March 31. It typically opens from April 1 to November 30 each year. But the port was temporarily opened twice early this year to guarantee the seamless customs clearance of Pakistan’s other goods and critically required supplies.

Notwithstanding challenges such as bitterly cold temperatures, dense snowfall, and low oxygen levels, local customs officials have been working nonstop to guarantee cargo transportation. This year, the initial port opening took place between January 19 and 20, while the last temporary opening ran for 12 days, from January 30 to February 10.

The Nation reports that increased bilateral trade and tourism between the two countries are anticipated as a result of the reopening of this border crossing. Transportation of necessities for Pakistan’s development projects across the border remained unhindered, despite the suspension of trade and tourism during the shutdown period.

Notably, transportation operations have returned to the border regions of Gilgit-Baltistan, namely Sost, and the Chinese city of Tashghargan in conjunction with the reopening of the Khunjerab border, according to The Nation.This development promises to deepen connections and bring about economic benefits between the two countries by signaling a revived flow of business and connectivity.

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