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India simplifies transit procedure for relief supplies

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The Government of India has simplified the procedure of transit for relief supplies entering Nepal. This decision was made by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and the Indian Ministry of Finance, after international relief organisations and foreign governments asked the Government of India to facilitate flow of supplies for the people affected by the earthquake.

This ‘Simplified Transit Procedure’ will ease transit of relief cargo to Nepal supplied by foreign governments and agencies authorised by the Government of Nepal or their embassy in India. The new formula cancels the bond, security or bank guarantee initially requested for transit cargo to Nepal.

In addition to the Kolkata / Haldia ports as per in the India-Nepal Treaty of Transit, relief cargos to Nepal will be allowed to transit through airports at Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Patna, Kolkata, and Bagdogara. Similarly, containers can enter Nepal from the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Delhi and Kanpur.

These additional services have been made to facilitate easy flowing traffic of supplies urgently needed by the people affected by the earthquake.

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One Response to “India simplifies transit procedure for relief supplies”

  1. Gauri Nath Rimal on Says:

    India has simplified the Transit procedure for us at this critical time of devastation due to the earthquake, which is a welcome gesture.

    India and China have also decided to open the transit route through the Pithoragarh – Kalapani route along the Mahakali river on the Right bank. But this route has to pass through a very high altitude like in the Nathula pass in the east through Sikkim. This opening can be used for going to Mansarowar only for the tourist only for a few months.

    So at this out set let us offer the Rasuwa-Kyerong route as transit to India, which can be operational through out the year.The present route must be upgraded so that it can offer transit through Bhairahawa or Birgungat in a short time.

    Let us not lose this opportunity when both our neighbors are trying to open trade through land route.

    At present, this is the only good route. Arun river alignment can also be an alternative later on.

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