July 21: Transport entrepreneurs have stopped transporting goods to and fro the country protesting against the government’s decision to implement Vehicle Cargo Tracking System and imposition of Value Added Tax effective from the current fiscal year.
Not a single cargo truck has passed through the Birgunj Customs Point, which is considered as the main customs point of the country, since the last five days.
Only a very few consignments have entered or left the country from other customs points as well.
Animesh Kumar, an official at the Himayan Terminal which operates the Birgunj Dry Port, informed New Business Age that goods coming from India and third countries are piling up at the dry port due to unavailability of transportation vehicles.
“Not a single vehicle has left this port since the transport entrepreneurs began their protest,” said Umesh Shrestha, chief customs officer of Birgunj Dry Port.
Altogether 1,250 containers have been stuck at the dry port as of Saturday, according to Shrestha.
“During normal days, not more than 400 containers arrive at the port,” he said.
Himalayan Terminal informed that more than 40,000 metric tons of billet used by iron industries have piled up at the dry port.
Department of Customs said that the transportation of goods has decreased remarkably from other customs points including Biraqtnagar, Kakadbhitta and Nepalgunj.