KATHMANDU, April 23: A total of 78,000 metric tonnes of foodstuffs have been imported in 29 days after the beginning of lockdown.
According to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supply, 77,578 metric tonnes of foodstuffs were imported from March 24 to April 22.
Similarly, readymade medicines worth Rs 976 million rupees and raw materials for medicines worth Rs 219 million were also imported in this period. The quantity of imported goods has increased in the third week of lockdown as compared to the first and second weeks.
The quantities of imported foodstuffs, dairy products, and readymade medicines have increased in the third week while the import of vegetables, fruits, and raw materials of medicines has decreased, according to the Ministry.
Import and export of goods from Kakadvitta border checkpoint have been closed since April 9 after the West Bengal government of India has closed its all border points. A total of 230 trucks entered from Birgunj Integrated Check Post during the lockdown.
Similarly, 90 trucks entered Nepal from Birgunj dry port during the same period while 124 trucks from Bhairahawa border point, 102 trucks from Biratnagar Integrated Check Post.
Likewise, five containers and one truck entered Nepal via Tatopani checkpoint since April 16.