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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