One of the best things about traveling is stepping out of your comfort zone and allowing yourself to be exposed to a whole new world of customs and cultures. But this can lead to some unexpected problems. Things that we may consider harmless at home can sometimes land you in trouble in another country.

RASUWA, Aug 1: Rasuwagadhi Customs Office is preparing to install a passenger walk-through gate and a luggage X-Ray machine at the border point. The office said the equipment has already arrived and it will be installed after technical test.

KATHMANDU, July 28: Despite widespread criticism from academics, intellectuals, publishers, sellers, and ordinary citizens, the government seems to be obstinate toward imposing 10% customs duty on the import of books.

BHAIRAHAWA, June 24: Following the government's decision that fruits and vegetables will be allowed entry into the country only after verifying that they are free of pesticides, 17 trucks carrying onion and potato from India have been stopped at Bhairahawa Customs point.

BIRGUNJ, May 25: Revenue collection by Birgunj Customs Office has seen a shortfall by 13% against the target till mid-May. The office, which generates the largest volume of revenue among all customs offices of the country, mobilized only Rs 120 billion out of the targeted Rs 139 billion, according to records at the office.

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Nepal's trade deficit widened by 36.11 percent to Rs 569.49 billion in the first five months of the current fiscal year 2018/19 compared to same period of the last fiscal year 2017/18 as exports growth fail to catch up the rapidly surging imports bill.

BIRGUNJ, Dec 20: A new rule has come into effect from Wednesday onward requiring people to walk on foot in designated places while crossing the Nepal-India border in Brigunj. The notice was put up on Tuesday at the Birgunj Customs Office in Birgunj Municipality-16.

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: Nepal Police have seized different goods and materials worth amounting to Rs 120 million while being imported to Nepal evading customs.

RASUWA, July 21: The Rasuwa Customs Office in Timure has doubled the revenue collection in the outgoing fiscal year compared to the previous fiscal.

BIRGUNJ, July 18: Birgunj Customs Office, the largest customs point of the country, mobilized Rs 161 billion in revenue under different headings in Fiscal Year 2017/18. The revenue figure also includes revenue collected by Dry Port Customs Office.

TIKAPUR, July 8: Locals and Tikapur and surrounding areas have welcomed the government's decision to upgrade Satti Small Customs Office along into a full-fledged customs office. On the call of Tikapur Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TCCI), they celebrated the decision by lighting up their homes with a belief that the decision will open up new opportunities in the area.

TIKAPUR, July 8: Locals and Tikapur and surrounding areas have welcomed the government's decision to upgrade Satti Small Customs Office along into a full-fledged customs office. On the call of Tikapur Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TCCI), they celebrated the decision by lighting up their homes with a belief that the decision will open up new opportunities in the area.

TIKAPUR, June 23: Purandhar Dahal, a non-gazette first class officer, is currently the chief of Satti Small Customs Office in Kailali. Ananda Ghimire was the chief of the office until last month, while a new chief is joining next month.

ILAM, May 9: Indian customs officials have obstructed export of readymade tea to India, according to industrialists.

Measures introduced by finance minister not yielding desired results

Customs officials can use the fund to purchase ‘doubtful’ goods from importers

KATHMANDU, April 25: The drop in revenue from import of readymade garments, and tobacco products and its raw materials in the first eight months of current fiscal year, i.e. from mid-July 2017 to mid-February 2018, has left government officials worried.

BIRGUNJ, April 23: Preparations are underway to lift customs procedures from Nepal's third country imports coming via Indian ports.

BIRATNAGAR, March 27: The tightening of customs valuation on the direction of Ministry of Finance Yuba Raj Khatiwada has unleashed fear among industrialists of eastern Nepal.

BIRGUNJ, March 15: Traders have started stockpiling imported goods at the dry port after Minister of Finance Yuba Raj Khatiwada directed customs valuation to stop undervaluation of goods at the customs points.

KATHMANDU, March 3: Traders in cahoots with government employees were evading customs duty worth around Rs 350 million each day, according to comparative figures between Friday and the recent past.

BHAIRAHAWA, Jan 29: Bhairahawa Customs Office missed revenue target in the first half of the current fiscal year.

'Customs system should reform'

January 26, 2018 17:56 pm

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The need of operating country's customs system as per the international standard has been stressed.

MUMBAI, Jan 19: A probe by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has found that Pernod Ricard India Pvt Ltd, the Indian arm of the world's second-largest spirits maker, has allegedly evaded Customs duty of about Rs 6.13 billion in the last six years, sources told The Indian Express.

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 18: Revenue mobilization by the Biratnagar Customs Office, which was affected due to collapse of a bridge in bordering India due to August floods, is finally coming back on track.

ILAM, Jan 14: After a series of obstruction on the export of cardamom and ginger, Indian customs office at Panitanki is now obstructing the export of Nepal’s organic tea.

RASUWA, Nov 16: The installation of Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) at the Rasuwagadhi Customs Office has eased customs procedures for both traders and customs officials.

BIRATNAGAR, Nov 12: Sugar consuming industries have been disappointed by the recommendation of the Agricultural Development Ministry (MoAD) to increase import duty of sugar by 50 percent.

TIKAPUR, Nov 10: Tikapur Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TCCI) has requested the officials of Khakraula Small Customs Office in Kailali to step up vigil on illegal import of goods from India.

NEPALGUNJ, Nov 1: An Indian truck with registration UP 35 T 7307 loaded with electrical appliances worth Rs 2 million entered Nepal on Saturday evening without completing customs procedures.

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Smuggling rife at Maheshpur small customs

September 23, 2017 09:40 am

BUTWAL, Sept 22: Smuggling is flourishing through Maheshpur border checkpoint of Nawalparasi district with Sources say police are also involved in smuggling.

Smuggling rife at Biratnagar customs

September 6, 2017 03:51 am

BIRATNAGAR, Sept 5: With major festivals drawing nearer, smuggling of goods through the eastern customs point of Biratnagar is on the rise.

Customs agent gets jail term, fine

August 21, 2017 08:24 am

BUTWAL, August 21: Bhairahawa Customs Office has given customs agent Jagat Dahal, who was found inflicting huge loss on the office by preparing forged customs declaration form of imported goods, a jail sentence of a year.

BIRGUNJ, July 18: Birgunj Customs Office, which is also known as the gateway to Nepal, has hit the set target of revue collection.

KATHMANDU, July 10: Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing Nepal US$ 21 million in policy-based loan to support the government's efforts to simplify, harmonize, and modernize the country's trade processes to meet international standards.

KATHMANDU, June 3: Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat has said Nepal has proposed with China to open two all-weather customs points for Nepal.

KATHMANDU, June 3: Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat has said Nepal has proposed with China to open two all-weather customs points for Nepal.

PARSA, March 27: The major customs point of Nepal, Birgunj Customs Office has witnessed a drop in revenue collection due to the decrease in the import of motor vehicles.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara, has directed the director general at the Department of Customs Shishir Dhungana to reform the Tribhuvan International Airport Custom office even after changing its all staff.

KATHMANDU, Jan 7: Following the interception  of 33.57 kg of gold smuggled through TIA customs, the Department of Customs under Ministry of Finance on Friday relieved 29 staff of their responsibilities until further notice.

KATHMANDU, Dec 29: Gas bullets with Nepali license plate, which have been stuck in Birgunj Customs Office for the past four weeks, will finally be able to enter Nepal.

Single employee manning customs office

October 24, 2016 00:40 am

TIKAPUR, Oct 24: A trader recently brought 40 kilogram of chili from Indian border market of Tikuniya.

URLABARI, Oct 8: The Biratnagar Customs Office, which used to remain closed for a week during the Dashain festival earlier, will observe normal working hours throughout festival except for two days on October 10 and 11.

KATHMADNU, Sept 6: Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat has assured that Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal will prioritize the issue of upgrading the Gauriphanta customs point at Dhangadi to international standard during his India visit.

KATHMANDU, Aug 10: As in earlier narcotics busts, Nepal Police have blamed the Department of Customs at Nepal’s only international airport-- Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA)-for inadequate surveillance on incoming drug smugglers and carriers, and for thus contributing to Nepal becoming a transit point for them.