Nepal | July 07, 2020

NTWC raises air cargo service fees

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, March 15

Nepal’s trade via air route is most certainly going to soar as Nepal Transit and Warehousing Company (NTWC) – the government agency managing the cargoes in the air cargo building of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal – has raised the charges on air cargo services substantially from today.

Sundar Dahal, managing director of Starlight Express – a logistics service providing company – informed that the per kg rate of handling air cargo (on import) has been hiked from 43 paisa to eye-watering Rs 5.35.

The NTWC has also slapped additional charge of Rs 200 per consignment if the services are provided during off hours or public holidays. It has fixed demurrage charges after 24 hours of the cargo being parked in the warehouse and after five days on imported goods as well.

Demurrage charge on export has been fixed at one rupee per kg for first 30 days, Rs 1.50 per kg for 60 days and two rupees per kg after 60 days. Similarly, demurrage charges have been set at two rupees per kg after five days of import till first 30 days, Rs 2.50 per kg between 31 and 60 days of import and four rupees per kg after 60 days.

Traders and freight forwarders have condemned the decision, as it would significantly raise the cost of trade via air route. They have warned to take to streets to force the government to roll back the decision.

Kumar KC, general manager of NTWC, however, said that the charges were revised as per the agreement with CAAN.

“The revision is based on the agreement inked between CAAN and NWTC in 2009,” he said. CAAN and NTWC had agreed to review the charges after the civil aviation authority had roped in NTWC as the management partner and agreed to share 30 per cent of the total revenue.

Prior to NTWC taking over the management, the Department of Customs was operating the air cargo warehouse and the traders were charged very nominal fees.

NTWC had revised the charges back in 2009 also. However, it was forced to revert to the earlier rates following the strike of traders and freight forwarders. Even as the company has repeatedly tried to revise the rates, its attempts have fallen flat because it has been forced to roll back its decision every time owing to the strikes of traders and freight forwarders.

Today, NTWC raised the charges for every cargo, except the body of deceased and relief materials supplied during natural disasters.


Revised rates

Nature of cargo  Export  Import
General Rs 2.50 (minimum charge Rs 200) Rs 5.35 (minimum charge Rs 100)
Expensive  Rs 3 (minimum charge Rs 300) Rs 8 (minimum charge Rs 200)
Perishable  Rs 3 (minimum charge Rs 300) Rs 8 (minimum charge Rs 200)
Dangerous  Rs 6 (minimum charge Rs 600)  Rs 16 (minimum charge Rs 400)
Express courier, express cargo Rs 5 (minimum charge Rs 100) Rs 5 (minimum charge Rs 200)

Rates per kg; Source: NTWC


A version of this article appears in print on March 16, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Nepal Tourism Board reveals top five photos from 'Nepal From Your Window' contest

KATHMANDU: Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Sunday revealed five photos that made it to the top-five of the 'Nepal From Your Window' photo contest. The five photos will be awarded with cash prize of Rs 10,000 each. Among the 500 approved photos listed in the contest, Samde Sherpa's Kathmandu V Read More...

Barca outclass Villarreal after recent disappointments

VILA-REAL: Barcelona responded to a trying week by producing a scintillating display to thrash Villarreal 4-1 away on Sunday and stay alive in the Liga title race. The Catalans had drawn their last two matches to hand more momentum to league leaders Real Madrid but Sunday's win took them to Read More...

Messi will finish career at Barca says club president

VILA-REAL: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that captain Lionel Messi will end his career at the Catalan club, dismissing a report saying the Argentine no longer wishes to renew his current contract when it expires next year. "Messi has said he will end his working and footb Read More...

Oli, Dahal’s bid to save party unity continues

KATHMANDU, JULY 5 Co-chairs of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli held talks today but failed to end the current deadlock in the party. NCP is deeply divided with the PM refusing to quit prime minister or party co-chair’s post, and the Read More...

Subas Chandra Nembang meets Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba

KATHMANDU: Deputy parliamentary party leader of the NCP Subas Chandra Nembang met Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba at the latter’s residence in Budhanilkantha. NC leader Minendra Rijal was also present in the meeting. Nembang told THT that he met Deuba at the behest of Oli ‘to Read More...

Poultry farm

Chicken price up as farmers stop hatching chicks

KATHMANDU, JULY 5 Prices of chicken and eggs in the domestic market has surged after farmers stopped hatching chicks. Chicken cost has shot up to Rs 360 per kg from Rs 250 earlier, while eggs cost Rs 380 per crate of 30 eggs, a hike of Rs 100 in a few days. Krishna Shrestha, a chicken selle Read More...

Govt urged to guarantee citizens’ right to health

Kathmandu, July 5 The National Human Rights Commission has urged the Government of Nepal to guarantee the right to health to every citizen amid the spike in COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the country. Issuing a press release today, the rights body expressed grave concern regarding the findin Read More...

National Examinations Board (NEB) Nepal

Schools may get mandate to conduct Grade XI examination

KATHMANDU, JULY 5 As schools across the country have remained closed for months due to the lockdown, concerned officials are mulling over recommending the government to cancel the national level examination of Grade XI being held by the federal government. The National Curriculum Development a Read More...