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China-Nepal Agree to Open 7 Border Trade Routes
Nov 30, 2015

Nepal and China have agreed to open seven other border trade points effectively, besides making customs offices in earthquake-affected areas fully functional. During the 28th Nepal China Boarder Customs Meeting, the two sides agreed to operate more customs offices over the border.

  • Both the countries also agreed to expedite reconstruction of customs infrastructure—Tatopani-Lhasa and Rasuwagadhi-Kyirong—damaged during the earthquakes of April and May to improve bilateral trades.

  • Although Rasuwagadhi-Kyirong route has as of now been reopened, the customs offices and other foundation should be reconstructed at the earliest.

  • For this, a joint team of Nepal and China would direct a study on the feasibility of the current system.

  • Nepal & China signed a 20-point agreement to this effect.

  • Nepal has set up customs offices at Chhoser village in Mustang district, Larke in Gorkha, Kimathanka in Sankhuwasabha, Lamabagar in Dolakha, Yari in Humla, Mugu town in Mugu district and Olangchungola in Taplejung but they are used mostly for cross-border trade by the local residents.

  • China has agreed to ask its immigration department to make arrangements for allowing Nepali traders, trucks and drivers in Kerung, the bordering Chinese market that connects with Rasuwa district.

  • The Chinese side also agreed to complete the construction of the dry port at Larcha in Sindhupalchok and begin work for another dry port at Timure in Rasuwa.

India and China are landlocked Nepal's two giant neighbours. Nepal is surrounded by India from three sides and China on the north. Nepal's over 90% trade and economic activities are with India as nationals from both sides do not need visa to travel to each other's country. 

With the supply of essential commodities being hit by disturbances at major custom points in the southern plains, the Nepal government has urged China to reopen trade routes that have remained out of operation following the April 25 earthquake. 

The Rasuwagadhi route came into formal operation in December 2014. Since the April earthquake, the trade routes of Barabise-Tatopani-Khasa and Nuwakot-Rasuwagadhi-Kerung have remained closed.


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