The import of China-made vehicles from the Rasuwagadi transit point is increasing.

Thirty-five truck dumpers, six minibuses, 16 microbuses, three concrete mixer lorries, two delivery vans, one large crane, four electric cars, 58 trailers, 16 electric motors, four electric scooters, six trucks and 36 bicycles were imported from China via the transit point from mid-July till date, Chief Customs Officer Ram Prasad Regmi said.

Five-hundred-and-sixty-eight big and small vehicles were imported through this northern transit point last fiscal. There is an indication that the import of vehicles will increase this fiscal year. Chinese drivers bring the vehicles up to the Friendship Bridge of Rasuwagadi and Nepali drivers take them to their destinations after clearing the customs checking process due to increased COVID-19 risk, customs office Spokesperson Narendra Chaudhary said.

According to Rasuwagadi Customs Office, equipment required for various hydroelectricity projects are also being imported through this transit point.

The other goods imported via the transit point are readymade clothes, mobile phones, shoes, slippers, computer parts, electric spare parts, walnut, garlic, onion, thermos flasks among others.

Traders have also started importing apples through this transit point with the Dashain festival drawing close.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 24 2021, of The Himalayan Times.