Majorly the border of Nepal-China reopens for trade.
Nepal reopened one of its major border trade routes with China on Monday; six months after the Coronavirus pandemic came to a close, according to Nepalese officials.
The border point of Rasuwagadhi-Kerung is one of the two main border points for international trade between Nepal and China. Another border point, Tatopani-Zhangmu, was reopened at the end of March, more than two months after its closure, New18 reported.
The number of trade, traders and cargo trucks passing by largely increased in Rasuwagadhi after China officially declared this border point as one of its international borders, it added.
For the time being only one-way transport of goods between the two countries has been restored. Goods stranded at Tibet’s Kerung have begun entering Nepal from Monday via the border point, officials said.
Rasuwagadhi was opened to facilitate entry into Nepal of goods coming from China. At the time being no human transport is allowed at the border level. Two-way operation and human movement will resume after some time, they said.
Chief of Rasuwa Customs Office, Punya Bikram Khadka said four trucks will be allowed to operate in the beginning and the number will be continuously increased as the service improves, MyRepublica <www.devdiscourse.com/news?tag=MyRepublica> newspaper reported.
Out of the many goods imported from China <www.devdiscourse.com/news?tag=China>, fruits, readymade goods, electronic gadgets, equipment required by telecom and hydropower projects are among the prominently imported ones, the report said. “The goods will enter Nepal <www.devdiscourse.com/news?tag=Nepal> according to their turns,” Khadka said.
“The goods will enter Nepal according to their turns,” Khadka said. The border point has remained closed since January due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nepal on Sunday reported 293 new Coronavirus cases, taking its total count to 15,784, according to the Ministry of Health and Population. Till now, 32 people have died due to the disease in the country.
Nepal has submitted the details of 15 drivers and 15 labourers who will be handling the goods and transport them to Nepal. All the labourers and drivers engaged in the process will take care of their works at their designated locations and will work without direct contact, the report added.
“The Chinese side will bring the goods and unload them and the Nepali side will take care of the remaining tasks till it reaches Nepal,” Khadka said.
Within 24 kilometers from this border point is Tibet’s Kerung Valley. Though the border was closed in January, Kerung traders continued to use this border to fly back and forth until February.