Total annual imports usually exceed exports. Roughly two-thirds
of Afghanistan's exports go to the former Soviet republics to the
north, and one-seventh to the United Kingdom and Germany. The Soviet
Union was traditionally the leading source of imports, followed
by Japan, Singapore, China, and India. The principal export is natural
gas, which for many years went mainly to the Soviet Union. In addition,
dried fruit, nuts, carpets, wool, and karakul pelts are exported.
Imports include vehicles, petroleum products, sugar, textiles, processed
animal and vegetable oils, and tea.
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