September 17: Nepali importers are unable to get customs clearance of goods stuck at Kerung of China due to the obstruction in reopening Rasuwagadhi Customs Point since the last seven months. The importers have sought help from the concerned government bodies but they only get assurance.
The border has remained closed since January after a surge in coronavirus cases in China. More than 1000 containers carrying readymade garments, shoes and electronic appliances are struck across the border due to the obstruction.
Although the customs point along with Tatopani customs was opened for some time in between, it has been obstructed again. Importers are worried if they can bring clothes for the upcoming Dashain festival or not.
The importers have submitted memorandum to various government bodies to resolve the problem diplomatically. All of them have assured to help in releasing the goods but to no avail, says Naresh Katuwal, chairman of Nepal National Entrepreneurs Federation.
Of late, the border has been closed after coronavirus was detected among the workers involved in loading goods.
Besides coronavirus, the border has also been obstructed by landslides time and again.