Nepal-India Treaty of Transit amended to facilitate vehicle import

KATHMANDU: Nepal and India have finalised the Letter of Exchange allowing movement of third country vehicles bound to Nepal through Indian territory.

The Letter of Exchange was finalised as per the understanding reached between governments of the two countries in the third meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission held in Kathmandu on 25-26 July, 2014, the Embassy of India said in a press release here today.

There was no provision under the Nepal-India Treaty of Transit allowing third country motor vehicles transiting India to be moved on their own power.

Accordingly, such vehicles were allowed transportation under the Treaty only by railway wagons and trucks/trailers after proper sealing by Indian Customs.

The matter was also discussed between the Government of Nepal and the Government of India in the third meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission.

The movement of vehicles on their own power to Nepal has been allowed through Raxaul-Birgunj, Jogbani-Biratnagar, Sunauli-Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj Road-Nepalgunj border points, the Embassy of India stated.