After eleven months in operation, traders are choosing the integrated check post over the traditional customs point in Birgunj. Around 60 percent of the total imports from the Birgunj customs happen via the integrated check post as importers are using it for the import of goods from third countries, fuel and new vehicles.
Nepal imported 51,680 automobiles through Birgunj customs and the Integrated Check Post (ICP) in the first two and a half months of the fiscal year, up from 50,856 automobiles during the same period last year.
Nepali famers that plan to utilise the Gandak Irrigation Canal during paddy plantation this season might face difficulties irrigating their fields as Indian officials have yet to complete maintenance works at the different sections of the canal that fall within the Indian territory.
The government is planning to make it mandatory for empty cargo vehicles returning to India via Birgunj to use the newly built integrated check post (ICP) in Birgunj. The Birgunj Customs Office made the decision in a bid to operate the country’s only ICP at a higher capacity.
The Inland Revenue Service (IRS) Birgunj Office has started recording statement from a member of a racket involved in importing duplicate excise stickers to paste on the caps of alcoholic beverage bottles.