Kathmandu, July 29:

Nepal’s export and import have been decreased in comparison to previous years. According to the data provided by Nepal Freight Forwarders Association (NEFFA), in 2006-07, Rs 59.07 billion worth goods were exported and Rs 197 billion imported.

Speaking at a programme organised here today by NEFFA on the occasion of 14th Cargo Day, Rameshwor K C, acting president of NEFFA said due to high ch-arges of cargo complex, the expenses are increasing.

“Though there is a need to increase the investment in the business, the conservative rules of customs are making it difficult for them to run company.”

There is the need of private sector and government bodies to work jointly, Jaya Sivakoti, president of FCCAN said, adding that Nepal should be developed as a cargo transit point.

“Due to government apathy, it is on a downslide this year,” said Surendra Bir Malakar, president of Nepal Chamber of Commerce.