KATHMANDU, April 15: The government has started the process to call tender bids to import chemical fertilizers with a target to bring in the agricultural inputs on time in order to avert their possible short supply during the upcoming paddy plantation season.

KATHMANDU, March 28: After a long dilly-dallying, India finally renewed the electricity trade agreement with Nepal for the next three months, putting forth its conditions on electricity exports to Nepal.

KATHMANDU, March 19: Nepal has witnessed a notable decline in the import of electric cars, jeeps, and vans, signaling a break in the growing trend.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Nepal imported 5,017 units of electric cars, jeeps and vans worth Rs 12.73 billion from mid-July to mid-December of the current fiscal year.

While export earnings declined 7.23 percent, import expenses fell 3.09 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year compared to the same period of last year. In the review period, Nepal had a trade deficit of Rs 424.44 billion alone with India.

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: The government has expedited works related to iron ore exploration in the country to minimize its import from India.

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: Nepal has imported smartphones worth around Rs 13.6 billion in the first five months of the current Fiscal Year (FY). The Department of Customs (DoC) has unveiled data revealing that smartphones worth Rs 13.6 billion were imported into Nepal in the first five months of the fiscal year 2023/24.

Gold import decreases in current FY

December 24, 2023 20:00 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: In the five months of the current fiscal year (FY), Nepal has imported 1,201 kg of gold worth Rs 9.97 billion. According to the import statistics from mid-July to mid-December published by the Department of Customs (DoC), the import of gold this year has decreased compared to the same period last year.

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: Nepal imported vegetables worth Rs 11.87 billion in the first four months of the current fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: During the first four months of the current fiscal year (FY), over 2,700 four-wheeler electric vehicles (EVs) were imported in Nepal. According to the Department of Customs (DoC), as many as 2,787 EVs worth Rs 6.83 billion were imported during the four months of the current FY. In the month of Kartik (mid-October to mid-November) of the current FY, 655 four-wheeler EVs arrived in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: Nepal imported a total of 2,132 four-wheeler electric vehicles (EVs) worth Rs 5 billion in the first three months of the current fiscal year (FY 2023/24).

‘Rising demand with expanding coffee culture but low yield hit the product’s business’

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: The government has decided to halt the issuance of import permits for Indian marigold garlands, ensuring there will be no import of these garlands during the upcoming Tihar festival.

KATHMANDU, Oct 19: The surge in the value of the US dollar is reverberating through the Nepali market, with significant implications for consumers. According to the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), on Tuesday, the exchange rate for one US dollar reached Rs 133.55, a slight increase from Rs 133.54 on October 24.

BARA, Oct 5: As the festive season in Nepal, including Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath, approaches, the flow of smuggled goods from India has surged, with authorities struggling to arrest the smugglers responsible.

In the first two months of the current fiscal year (FY 2023/24), Nepal has seen a substantial surge in the import of electric vehicles (EVs), marking a promising trend towards sustainable development and addressing the nation's critical trade deficit caused by an escalating petroleum import bill.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: In the first two months of the current Fiscal Year (FY) 2023/24, Nepal has seen a notable influx of electric vehicles (EVs). In this period, a total of 898 four-wheeled EVs were imported, featuring various capacities.

KATHMANDU, Aug 31: Nepal imported legumes worth Rs 1.34 billion in the first month of the current fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: India has started importing tomatoes from Nepal. Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharanam made an announcement in the lower house of India’s bicameral parliament (Lok Sabha) on Thursday that they have started bringing tomatoes from Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: Import of electric stoves is on the rise with the government facilitating the use of electricity for the household purpose.

KATHMANDU, Aug 5: The government has decided to immediately bring one million tons of paddy and 100,000 tons of rice from India.

KATHMANDU, July 29: The statistics released by the Department of Customs recently, shows that in the last fiscal year, toothpicks worth more than Rs 10 million were imported.

JHAPA, July 26: As the youths are leaving abroad for foreign jobs and the land plots in the rural areas are left barren, the country has imported millet worth Rs 513 million in the last Fiscal Year (FY) from India.

KATHMANDU, July 26 : Nepal imported 4,050 units of electric cars worth Rs 11.84 billion in the last fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, July 1: Nepal imported rice and paddy worth over Rs 33.6 billion in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year despite the government’s commitment to become self-sufficient in food by increasing agricultural production.

The import of electric vehicles (EVs) in Nepal has witnessed a remarkable surge in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year. With 3,870 EVs worth Rs 11.23 billion being imported, it is evident that there is a growing interest and demand for clean and sustainable transportation options in the country. It is imperative for the government to take further steps to promote the adoption of electric vehicles nationwide, capitalizing upon this positive trend

KATHMANDU, June 25: Nepal imported 3,870 units of electric vehicles (EVs) in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, May 26: Smart watches worth over Rs 330 million have entered Nepal in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year 2022/23 (from mid-July 2022 to mid-April 2023).

The National Dairy Development Board's decision to recommend importing milk from India has sparked protests among farmers in Chitwan, who feel that the government has neglected their needs. It is essential that the government takes note of the farmers' concerns and promotes domestic production.

CHITWAN, May 6: Farmers in Chitwan have protested after the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) recommended importing milk from India.

KATHMANDU, April 23: Nepal exported pet food worth Rs 2.26 billion in the first nine months of the current fiscal year.

Import of EVs rises by 66 per cent

April 22, 2023 09:00 am

KATHMANDU, April 22: Import of electric vehicles (EVs) has increased by 66.39 per cent in the first nine months of the current fiscal year compared to the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.

The Bitter Story of Sweet Honey

April 10, 2023 07:30 am

Nepali honey is an exquisite product that possesses unparalleled taste and health benefits. However, unfortunately, it struggles to find a market due to the easy import of substandard honey from India, which is a threat to the livelihoods of local farmers and the quality of products available to consumers.

KATHMANDU, April 2: Hemraj Devkota, owner of Swadeshi Honey and Bee Trade Center in Sarlahi, is worried due to the lack of honey sales. Six and a half tons of honey produced by Devkota at his bee farm has not been sold.

KATHMANDU, March 25: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has increased the quantity of silver imports. As the foreign exchange reserves have increased, the central bank has allowed banks and financial institutions to import silver equivalent to $ 60,000 at a time.

KATHMANDU, March 24: In the first eight months of the current fiscal year, 2,200 units of electric vehicles (EVs) have been imported into Nepal. According to the data released by the Customs Department, 2,198 four-wheeled electric vehicles were imported in eight months of the current year.

KATHMANDU, March 23: During the first eight months of the current Fiscal Year 2022/23, Nepal has imported goods worth one trillion rupees. According to the data of the Department of Customs, goods worth over 1 billion were exported, while the country imported goods worth Rs 1.38 trillion during the period.

KATHMANDU, March 22: Nepal's trade deficit stands at Rs 954 billion in the first eight  months of the current fiscal year.

KATHMANDU,  March 12: Both export and import have decreased in the first seven months of the current fiscal year 2022/23. This is stated in the Current Macroeconomic and Financial Situation, based on seven months' data ending mid-February, released by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) today.

KATHMANDU, March 4: Nepal imported 86,513 units of electric stoves in the first seven months of the current fiscal year.

A step towards self-reliance

February 12, 2023 07:42 am

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it's that time of the year when love is in the air and red roses are in high demand in Nepal. But this year, there's a twist in the tale. The government has decided to ban the import of fresh roses from abroad, just days before the most romantic day of the year.

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has removed the provision of cash margin, which the importers need to maintain against their letters of credit (LCs) while importing goods.

Prosperity through Agriculture

December 8, 2022 09:00 am

As agriculture has not been able to attract the youth even in the rural areas, the farmlands in various districts in the country are left fallow. And we have been consuming agricultural products by importing them from abroad. We have been importing almost everything we consume including rice, corn, wheat, potatoes, edible oil, spices etc.

KATHMANDU, Nov 13: In the first three months of the current fiscal year 2022/23, television sets worth more than Rs 580 million were imported in Nepal from various countries.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: With the removal of 10 percent excise duty on 100 kW electric vehicles in the budget of the current financial year, the import of 100 kW vehicles has increased dramatically in a period of three months.

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: Experts have said that there is a need to ban agricultural products imported from abroad for the improvement of Nepal's food system and food sovereignty.

KATHMANDU, OCT 16: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has asked the banks and financial institutions (BFIs) not to open the letter of credit (LC) for the import of restricted goods.

KATHMANDU, Oct 15: The government has decided to continue the ban on the import of expensive vehicles, alcohol, mobile phones and motorcycles.

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: Traders and business people have claimed that the automobile sector is in crisis as the government has halted the import of four-wheeled private vehicles for about six months. According to NADA Automobiles Association of Nepal, the automobile sector has lost billions of rupees due to the ban on the import of vehicles.

KATHMANDU, August 27: Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS) will continue to ban the import of luxury goods. A high-level meeting held at the MoICS on Friday to review the ban of various luxury items decided to maintain the import ban for some more time.