SC tells ministry to allow import of goods stuck at various custom points

Published On: July 11, 2020 09:00 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 10: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday issued a stay order, asking authorities to release around 800 containers of various goods stuck at various customs for the last four months. 

A division bench of justices Ishwar Prasad Khadiwada and Bam Kumar Shrestha issued the order to release the containers of peas and other goods being imported after duly obtaining documents against payment (DAP). 

The apex court directed the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies to release the containers of various goods such as liquor, peas, black pepper, betel and dates. 

The ministry had prohibited importing the goods by publishing a notice in the Nepal Gazette, but it had not prohibited importing goods for which letters of credit were already obtained.  

Various goods such as liquor, peas, black pepper, betel and dates could not be imported to Nepal when the lockdown was imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The entrepreneurs, however, had filed a writ petition at the apex court as the ministry rejected their plea to open their business by releasing the cargo containers from the custom points.

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