Tatopani border sees resumption of two-way trade

The Tatopani border crossing in Sindupalchok has reopened for two-way trade from Monday.

On March 29, the governments of Nepal and China had agreed to fully open Tatopani for import and export from May 1.

Following the earthquakes in 2015, the operation of Tatopani checkpoint has been rather sporadic. This in turn has created a major headache for workers, locals and traders who import goods from China.

Most of the business people who import goods from China have been affected due to unreliability of the checkpoint operations. Earlier, citing the threat of COVID-19, Chinese authorities had restricted all types of movement across the border.

According to Dayananda KC, the head of the Tatopani Customs Office, three truckloads of logs and mattresses were sent to China on Monday morning.

The resumption of trade comes after officials from Nepal and China agreed to open major border points between the two countries during a meeting of the Nepal-China Coordination Mechanism on Border Trade and Cooperation in Lhasa.

The reopening of the Tatopani border is expected to boost trade between Nepal and China, which has been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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