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Published: 31 August 2011      

Nepal to ask India to lift box lock requirement

Nepal is to request India to lift a recently-imposed requirement for an additional locking system on containers delivered to the landlocked country.

Nepal imports goods from third countries via India's Kolkata port and has been complaining of operational difficulties, corruption and, at times, political motives that affect the normal transport of imported goods into Nepal.

"We have drafted a letter in which we have renewed our commitment to address India´s security concerns over pilferage of imported goods on the way and possible trade of illegal items," said Vijay Kumar Yadav, Nepal’s Minister for Commerce and Supplies.

Nepali officials have been arguing that the imposition of an additional locking requirement on containers with goods in transit would be against trade facilitation as promised by the two countries’ bilateral transit treaty.

The spirit of the bilateral treaty is to lessen documentation and facilitate Nepal´s third-country trade through a one-time locking system.

Under the new system, Indian Customs officials can unlock and any container already sealed at Kolkata port at any time and place during the transportation of goods.

Expressing concerns over reported incidents of illegal trade of negative list goods and pilferage of overseas goods in India before reaching Nepal, India imposed the new system on August 1.


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