Nepalese traders who import goods from China are negatively affected by the delayed shipments coming out of China. The shipments, that are supposed to reach the Tatopani border -a major customs point along the Nepal-China border north of Kathmandu- within two weeks, are taking more than eight weeks.
"As the Chinese side is allowing only a limited number of containers to enter Nepal, we are not only facing delays and cost overruns; our goods are also being damaged, mostly perishable fruits and vegetables,” said one trader, who added that only seven cargo containers are permitted to enter Nepal each day. "If 30 to 35 cargo containers are permitted to cross into Nepal every day, it will resolve most of the problems faced by Nepali traders."
Ashok Kumar Shrestha, head of the Himalayan Cross-Border Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has said traders requested the government take up the matter with Chinese authorities.
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