No Chickens or Cricket Bats
The strange list of Indian products you can't import in Pakistan.
As of March 2012, there were 1,209 items on the Pakistani Ministry of Commerce’s "negative list" of goods that cannot be imported from India. The list is set to be eliminated by the end of the year as a result of recently signed trade agreements. But for now, here are a few highlights, from toothpaste to toilet paper, of what’s still banned:
1. Fowls of the species Gallus domesticus (chickens)
11. Cigars, cheroots, and cigarillos, containing tobacco
88. Eau de Cologne
165. Baths, shower-baths, sinks, and wash basins
187. Synthetic floats for fishing nets
310. Thermal fax paper
321. Toilet paper
324. Diapers for adults of weight exceeding 25 kg
831. Fruit mixers
867. Coffee or tea makers
1,080. Baby carriages and parts thereof
1,136. Dentists’ chairs
1,155. Badminton rackets
1,177. Cricket bats
1,178. Cricket wickets
Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer is the Europe editor at Foreign Policy. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Forbes, among other places. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and master’s degrees from Peking University and the London School of Economics. The P.Q. stands for Ping-Quon. Twitter: @APQW
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