Kathmandu (10 April, 2020)
The Chinese authorities formally reopened the border check point and customs point at Tatopani of Sindhupalchowk district on Wednesday which was closed due to devastating earthquake 2015. After twelve days of the Nepal government decision to reopen the major trade points with China it was done to relax the situation created by coronavirus pandemic.
Customs officials elucidate, after the reopened Nepali importers imported some medical goods. On the first day, 10 boxes of hand sanitizers and 19 boxes of face masks were imported to Nepal. However, the Rasuwagadi customs point still remains closed as the Chinese government informed to Nepali authorities that it would not be opened for the time being.Suman Dahal, director general of the Department of Customs (DoC)said, “This is just the beginning and we expect the trade between the two countries to pick up gradually, especially of medical products, among other goods, in the coming days”. The government had sent a letter via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 25 asking the Chinese government to reopen the Tatopani and Rasuwagadi customs points.