News List

Compiled features on recent developments in regional cooperation and integration in the SASEC region.

June 2021

Proposed Revisions for the India-Nepal Railway Service Agreement to Allow Other Operators, Utilize Other Border Points

A Letter of Exchange for the revision of the Railway Service Agreement between Nepal and India proposes to allow all authorized private container train operators from India and Nepal to utilize the Indian Railway network to transport freight containers for Nepal's imports or exports, and transport goods to and/or from other border points besides Raxaul (India)/Birgunj (Nepal).

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Tags: India, Nepal, Transport, Rail, Trade Facilitation, Transit Facilitation

July 2020

India, Bhutan Open Temporary Trade Route in Pasakha

The Government of India has opened an additional Land Customs station at Ahlay, Pasakha, in response to a request from the Government of Bhutan. The temporary alternate trade route hopes to decongest vehicular traffic along the Jaigaon-Phuentsholing route, and boost bilateral trade and commerce between the two nations.

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Tags: Bhutan, India, Trade Facilitation, Land Customs Station, Transit Facilitation

June 2020

Agreement for Preparatory Facility to Improve Bangladesh’s Transport Connectivity Inked

The Government of Bangladesh and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed the agreement for the Transport Connectivity Improvement Preparatory Facility. This project readiness financing (PRF), worth $57.23 million, will support the preparation of priority transport projects in Bangladesh.

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Tags: Transport, Bangladesh, Road, Rail, Transit Facilitation

February 2020

Mongla Port Capacity Enhancement to Ease Facilitation of Bhutan, India, and Nepal Transit Goods

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council, chaired by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, approved the proposal to enhance the capacity of Mongla port. The project is estimated to cost Tk 6,015 crore (around $710.79 million). Mongla port can be used to facilitate transit of goods to and from Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Increasing its capacity will hopefully encourage the three countries to use it further for transit of goods.

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Tags: Bangladesh, Shipping, Transit Facilitation

February 2020

Bangladesh-Nepal Relations Reviewed in Visit of Nepal Foreign Minister

Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Nepal, went on an official visit to Bangladesh in February 2020. His meetings included bilateral talks with Mr. AK Abdul Momen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Bangladesh on 18 February, and a courtesy call to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 19 February.

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Tags: Bangladesh, Nepal, Trade, Transit Facilitation, Transport

September 2019

Nepali Importers Get Cargo Duty Insurance Subsidy in Kolkata

The Kolkata Customs of the Government of India has granted an 84.33% subsidy for Nepali cargo duty insurance. Nepali importers were also provided the flexibility to buy insurance from private companies beginning 12 September.

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Tags: Nepal, India, Trade Facilitation, Transit Facilitation

March 2019

New Rule to Promote Use of ECTS

The Nepal Rastra Bank, the central bank of Nepal, has allowed commercial banks to issue payment instruments in foreign currency for cargo transported by railway to the Birgunj dry port and Biratnagar customs point. The move aims to facilitate the implementation of the electronic cargo tracking system for third country import.

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Tags: Electronic Cargo Tracking System, India, Nepal, Rail, Transit Facilitation

February 2018

Governments of Nepal and India Prepare to Launch the ECTS Pilot Program

The Governments of Nepal and India are preparing to launch the Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) as soon as possible. It received the green light from Nepal's Council of Ministers in January 2018. The planned pilot will run for three months, covering cargo entering Nepal by rail in Birgunj and by road in Biratnagar and Bhairawa. ADB is supporting the piloting of the project through the SASEC Program.

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Tags: Nepal, ADB, SASEC, India, Transit Facilitation, Electronic Cargo Tracking System

July 2017

New Agreement on Trade, Commerce, and Transit between India and Bhutan Comes into Force

The new Agreement on Trade, Commerce, and Transit between India and Bhutan has come into force beginning 29 July 2017. It provides for a free trade regime between the territories of India and Bhutan, and allows duty free transit of Bhutanese goods for trade with third countries.

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Tags: India, Bhutan, Trade, Free Trade Agreement, Transit Facilitation, Transport

February 2016

India and Nepal Exchange Transit Agreements Boosting Nepal's Third Country Trade

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli—on his first state visit since assuming office in October 2015—held comprehensive talks in New Delhi, and witnessed the signing of several agreements, including letters of exchange on transit and rail. These agreements will help promote Nepal's trade with third countries by making transport more efficient and less costly.

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Tags: India, Nepal, Trade Facilitation, Transit Facilitation