Afghanistan Trade and Revenue Project (ATAR)

  • Duration: November 2013 – November 2017
  • Project budget: $78 million


USAID’s Afghanistan Trade and Revenue Project (ATAR) improves the integration of regional trade by developing cross border transit agreements, improving economic growth and stability in the region. The project supports Afghanistan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), works with the public and private sector to increase the country’s international trade, and provides the Afghan government with support to improve its ability to generate revenue to replace donor assistance.


  • Improving the capacity of the Afghan government to formulate and implement a modern policy framework for trade and investment in accordance with international standards, including WTO accession.
  • Supporting trade and transit agreements between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and India, including support for implementation of harmonized tariffs, simplified border crossing procedures, and trade facilitation.
  • Supporting continued improvement in customs revenue collection capacity, including the implementation of electronic payments and the streamlining and modernization of customs procedures.


  • Facilitated negotiations on trade and transit agreements with neighbors and trading partners including the Central Asia Cross Border Transit Agreement, South Asia Free Trade Agreement, and the Lapis Lazuli initiative.
  • Launched E-Payments system for traders to pay customs fees at commercial banks.
  • Supported Afghanistan’s negotiating and finalizing its WTO accession package, with the goal of Afghanistan becoming a WTO member.
  • Implemented a piloted a risk management system for the Afghan Customs Department.
  • Assisted Afghanistan in setting up its pavilion at the Milan Expo, which was rated as one of 10 best pavilions.
  • Helped draft and assisted in the approval of Afghanistan’s Trademark and Geographical Indication law as part of the WTO accession process, as well as preparing 25 additional pieces of legislation needed for WTO accession.

Last updated: November 18, 2015

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