BANKE, May 11: Rice worth over Rs 5 billion was imported via Nepalgunj checkpoint till April 13 of the current fiscal year. A total of 97,732 metric tonnes of rice was imported till April 13 from the beginning of the current fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, April 30: Though Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had said that he was ‘tricked’ by sugar mills to restrict the import of sugar, the government has continued the quantitative restriction until mid-July. The restriction that was in place until Chaitra end (April 13) was extended till mid-July.

PARBAT, March 22: Import of chickens has been stopped to four districts - Parbat, Baglung, Myagdi and Mustang - following detection of bird flu in neighbouring districts including Kaski, Chitwan and Makawanpur.

KATHMANDU, March 10: The government’s spending on vehicle purchase, fuels and travel expenses is lower this year, according to the midterm review of the budget and program unveiled last week.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: The rising import bill of the country has had its impact on the foreign exchange (forex) reserves, which dipped $79 million in first five months of the current fiscal year.

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.

RASUWA, Nov 25: Agro products worth Rs 770 million have been imported from China via Rasuwagadhi border in the first four months of the current Fiscal Year 2018/19.

KATHMANDU, Oct 30: Nepal will be importing flowers and garlands worth around Rs 110 million for the upcoming Tihar festival.

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: The total trade deficit of the country has widened 45.92 percent in the first quarter of the current fiscal year 2018/19 to Rs 349.84 billion, driven by a sharp rise of import bill and sluggish exports growth.

BEIJING, Oct 22: Nations across the globe are beginning to suffer from waste build-up after China stopped importing recyclable garbage this year. Japan has become the latest country reporting severe recycling industry overload.

BIRGUNJ, Oct 11: Vehicles worth Rs 8.28 billion were imported to Nepal from India and other third countries till the first two and a half months of the current fiscal year. Out of total revenue collected from the Birgunj Customs Office, 40 per cent revenue was collected from the vehicles, said Customs Officer Santosh Yadav.

TIKAPUR, Oct 10: Banana farmers have sought restriction of banana import from India, stating that unfettered access of the Indian fruit has harmed their business.

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: The government has raised gold import quota by five kilograms to 25 kg per day.

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: The Minister of Finance, Dr. Yubraj Khatiwada's speech while inaugurating the 2018 NADA Auto Show caught everyone off guard. Inaugurating the NADA Auto Show, a yearly exhibition of vehicles, including new ones, Khatiwada not just urged every one to reduce vehicle imports, he also had a tip to potential buyers: Don't buy vehicles by auto loans.

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the import of sugar would be halted for time being as there was adequate stock in the country.

BIRGUNJ, Aug 5: Though the country has adopted a policy of using mass transit, the import of small vehicles is seen to be growing unabated.The import figure of the three-wheeler, locally known as tempo, via Birgunj jumped by 74 percent to 8,682 units in the Fiscal Year 2017/18, compared to the previous year. The total cost of these vehicles was Rs 1.28 billion. In the previous year, 4,989 units were imported.

INDIA, Aug 4: Indian authorities decided in June to increase import levy from August 4 on some US goods, including almonds, walnuts and apples, however, the move was later delayed.

Fertilizers import up 10 pc

June 7, 2018 03:00 am

KATHMANDU, June 7: The import of fertilizers (chemical and organic combined) in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year has surged by nearly half compared to import figures of the same period of Fiscal Year 2016/17.

Fuel import bill climbs 34%

May 12, 2018 09:03 am

KATHMANDU, May 11: The import of petroleum products has gone up significantly in the first three quarters of the current fiscal year, making it a prime contributor in further exacerbating the yawning trade deficit of the country with India.

KATHMANDU, April 24: Nepal's fuel imports surged by a massive 39.2 percent in first eight months of the current fiscal year compared to same period of Fiscal Year 2016/17, according to Department of Customs (DoC).

KATHMANDU, March 31: Minister for Finance Yuba Raj Khatiwada has said that increasing import of edible products that could have been produced in Nepal has been a matter of concern for the country.

KATHMANDU, Mar 1: Import of cement has been on a decreasing trend, at a time when talks about the country becoming self-reliant on cement are going on. Cement imports decreased by about 24 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year.

Import via Birgunj dry port increases

February 3, 2018 09:23 am

BIRGUNJ, Feb 3: Imports through Birgunj dry port is seen to be on the rise in recent months. The dry port based in Sirsiya, Birgunj, is the major port for importing goods from third countries.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: At a time when the balance of payment (BoP) position of the country is weak, the government is preparing to raise import quota of gold.

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: The import of dry-cell batteries has plummeted since the launch of the 'Ujyalo Nepal Project' of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) in October 2016.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: The government should move away from import-based taxation by lowering tariff rates if it wants to improve the import-to-export environment in the country, a recent report prepared by the World Bank Group states.

The government has collected more revenue from the auto sector compared to the target given in the first three months. Revenue collection from auto imports has exceeded the growth target by 3 percent in the first three months in the current fiscal year.

RASUWA, Sept 24: Nepal has imported only 55 sheep and mountain goats from the northern Rasuwagadhi border point this year. The import has dropped in comparison to the previous year as the price of livestock has gone up and the sheep and mountain goats are consumed in Tibet itself.

KATHMANDU, August 26: Revenue Secretary Shishir Dhungana on Friday said that swelling import has turned the country's economy upside down.

Tobacco import via Birgunj increases

August 13, 2017 09:08 am

BIRGUNJ, Aug 12: The import of tobacco via Birgunj border has increased by 68 percent in Fiscal Year 2016/17, in comparison with the previous fiscal year. According to the Birgunj Custom Office, 7, 803 tons of tobacco entered via Birgunj border in FY2016/17 while only 1,128 tons had entered in FY2015/16.

BIRGUNJ, Aug 1: More than 96 percent of containers that enter Nepal carrying third-country imports from Indian port have been returning to India empty for the past 13 years as they do not get goods for the return leg.

BIRGUNJ, June 11: The import of transformers in the country has drastically increased in this fiscal year in comparison to the last fiscal year. The import of transformers via Birgunj border in the first ten months of the current fiscal year has increased by 82 percent in comparison to the same period of the last fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, April 25: Import and export of goods via aerial route has come to a grinding halt since Saturday.

BIRGUNJ, April 18: Import of hydropower equipment and machineries through Birgunj Customs Office, which had fallen drastically due to border obstructions last year, is gradually picking up.

BARA, April 5: The plan to import electricity for Birgunj-Pathlaiya Industrial Corridor from India via the newly-built Parwanipur-Raxaul Transmission Line is not materializing.

KATHMANDU, April 4: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has said that its import bill will not increase much in the current fiscal year, despite 13 percent rise in electricity imports from India compared to Fiscal Year 2015/16.

KATHMANDU, Mar 14: Nepal will be able to import cooking gas from countries other than India very soon.

BIRGUNJ, Feb 20: The impact of rise in lending rates of bank and financial institutions (BFIs) has been felt in revenue collection.

Import of vegetables on the rise

January 24, 2017 00:00 am

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 24: Import of fresh vegetables in eastern Nepal is increasing with each passing year.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: Nepal has signed a fresh agreement to import an additional 80 MW of electricity with India.

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has said that the widening trade deficit due to burgeoning imports was a challenge for the government which is eyeing rapid economic development.

Import of ready to eat products rising

October 26, 2016 01:40 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: Import of ready to eat foods is increasing with each passing year.  Though wide range of ready to eat food products like biscuits, noodles and other snacks are produced in different parts of the country, large volume of such products are being imported from different countries.

KANCHANPUR, Oct 17: Banana farmers of Kanchanpur and Kailali districts today staged demonstrations in front of the main entrance to the Gaddachauki Customs Office,

SURKHET, Aug 15: Surkhet district imports potatoes worth Rs 300,000 from India every day as local production is not sufficient to meet the demands of the district. The district is self-sufficient in other vegetable products except potato and onion, according to Surkhet Vegetable and Fruit Traders Association.

Import of anti-snake venom afoot

August 3, 2016 10:09 am

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: The Logistic Management Division, Department of Public Health Services is to purchase anti-snake venom bearing in mind high risk of snakebite in the Tarai in summer.

Why import food?

July 30, 2016 00:25 am

If we look at production figures of past six years Nepal does not in fact need any imported food

KATHMANDU, July 15: Mobile phone importers have urged the government to check illegal imports of mobile phones in the domestic market.

Govt lifts ban on import of HP Gas

June 23, 2016 02:17 am

KATHMANDU, June 23:The government has lifted the ban on the import of HP gas cylinders going against the recommendation of a committee of experts it had hired to probe the incident of gas cylinder explosion last month in Lalitpur that killed three people.

KATHMANDU, June 11: Salt Trading Corporation (STC) has got the go-ahead to import 30,000 tons of sugar. Officials of STC say sugar will start arriving into Nepal from mid-July. The government has set customs duty at 1 percent for import of 30,000 tons, down from the existing 15 percent.