The government is looking to impose quota restriction on the import of betel nuts, peas, dates and peppercorns that are largely imported from third countries to smuggle them to India. After India raised concern over an increasing smuggling of these goods from Nepal, the government in last April imposed restrictions and allowed only those imports done by opening the letter of credit and via shipping containers. It was just last month that the government lifted the restrictions after the importers launched a protest against the government move. According to the officials of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, the ministry has started a study to finalize the modality of the quantitative restrictions on the import of these products. Taking advantage of the provision of the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement, many Nepali traders in Nepal are found importing the goods from third countries to resell them in Indian market. As the SAFTA has zero tariffs provision on goods exported from underdeveloped countries like Nepal, Nepali traders have been importing these goods from other countries paying minimum tariffs and then exporting the finished product to India with zero tariffs.