Nepal-India Transit Treaty Review Allows More Inland Waterway Routes

27 November 2019

A review of the Nepal-India Transit Treaty held in Kathmandu, Nepal discussed various issues on simplifying Nepal’s transit routes via India.

According to news by My Republica, India has given a positive response to Nepal’s proposal to expand inland waterways in three routes—the Kolkata-Kalughat-Raxaul, Kolkata-Sahebgunj-Biratnagar, and Kolkata-Varanasi-Raxaul routes. The meeting finalized a standard operating procedure for access to these routes.

Adding inland waterway routes between India and Nepal will promote efficient movement of cargo imported from third countries to Nepal, and reduce the cost of transporting goods. India developed a waterway on the Ganges River connecting Varanasi to the Haldia seaport in Kolkata.

The meeting also agreed to allow movement of bulk cargos via railway from Indian seaports of Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam to major Nepal-India border points, Jogbani (Biratnagar), and Nautanwa (Bhairawa). Bulk cargo items from third countries are currently imported to Nepal only through the Raxaul (Birgunj) border point. Nepal’s traders have long been requesting to diversify the bulk cargo transport.

Nepal also sought the implementation of the Electronic Cargo Tracking System and adoption of transhipment modality in trade between the two countries in the Transit Treaty. These will be decided upon after further bilateral discussions.

Mr. Navaraj Dhakal, Spokesperson, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies, Government of Nepal and Mr. Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce, Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India led the Nepal and India delegations.

 

Related Links:

  • Two-day Nepal-India Transit Treaty review meeting under way
  • India agrees to allow Nepali cargo vessels on the Ganges
  • Energy Secretaries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal held a virtual meeting to evaluate the state of energy...

    Read More


    The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) of the Government of India released...

    Read More


    India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli held a phone call to discuss...

    Read More


    A video conference among South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) senior trade officials was held on 8...

    Read More


    Mr. Arjun Goswami of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) emphasizes that amidst the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, “what...

    Read More


    Member countries of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) held a Virtual SAARC Emergency meeting on...

    Read More


    The Governments of Bangladesh and India will undertake a joint study on an advanced free trade agreement (FTA)...

    Read More