Nepal Trade Information Portal contains rich database of the rules, regulations, procedures, and measures for exporting commodities from Nepal. The depository also contains all the required forms and documents. Major rules and procedures for imports are listed in this page. You can search for the specific document, procedure, or forms here. However, export rules are more dependent on destination countries and can vary a lot, thus, to explore the rules and regulations of the specific countries you can use the market intelligence tool offered by different organizations and countries. Click here to learn more.
Primary documents required to export from Nepal
Exporting plant products
Exporting animal products
Exporting Forest Products/Herbs
Exporting Edible Products
Exporting pharmaceutical products
Exporting pharmaceutical products
Nepal Trade Information Portal contains rich database of the rules, regulations, procedures, and measures for importing commodities to Nepal. The depository also contains all the required forms and documents. Major rules and procedures for imports are listed in this page. You can search for the specific document, procedure, or forms here.
Primary documents required to import to Nepal.
Importing plant products
Importing animal products
Guide to Importing
Nepal has an open and transparent import regime. The import-related rules and regulations are governed by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies (MOICS) and its various entities, along with the Department of Customs under the Ministry of Finance.
Rules related to import
List of prohibited items
Paying for imports
Imports from India are normally paid in Indian Rupees. However, the Nepal government allows imports of some products from India with payment in hard foreign currency.
For imports from the third country, the government does not allow advance payments for goods and separate payments for freight. In addition, with the exception of prohibited and quantitatively restricted goods, there is no restriction on the release of foreign currency for importing any type and quantity of goods. But to obtain foreign currency from the commercial bank, the importer has to get a letter of credit (L/C) issued by fulfilling the requirements of the bank.
Irrevocable L/C is the commonly used documentary credit for the settlement of payment in imports from third countries
An importer fills in a foreign exchange control form BBN 3 requesting the bank to open an L/C in the name of a nominated overseas exporter, and submits it along with an undertaking of the importer identifying the bank against any liability, and other supporting documents. Depending upon the credit limit sanctioned by the bank for L/C purpose and the relation with the bank, the importer is generally required to deposit an amount ranging from 10 to 100 percent of the L/C value at the bank. Note that the transaction may not necessarily be channeled through banks. Banks are authorized to draw drafts or telegraphic transfers (TTs) for settlement of payment in credit imports, provided that the Nepalese importers approach banks with documentary evidence. Much of the imports from India are under this scheme due to the extra cost attached to payment through L/C.
For importing raw wool, TEPC issues a recommendation letter (wool specification test report) specifying the quantity and standard of wool to be imported by an applicant/importer in the name of the concerned bank. Under the widely used L/C, full payment is made to the exporter by the correspondent bank at the time of submission of shipment documents as specified in L/C. Similarly, the Nepali importer is also required to make full payment to his bank at the time of the release of shipment documents.
Being a landlocked country, most of Nepal’s international trade takes place via transit in India. Nepali cargo is mostly routed through Indian ports at Haldia and Kolkata in West Bengal but since 2016 Vishakhapatnam Port in Andhra Pradesh is also being used for Nepal bound freight. From the respective ports, goods are transshipped through railways or roadways to Nepal’s border customs. Importers can also use airfreight to deliver their goods to Nepal via Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
Importing from India
Upon submission, the customs office takes processes of the application and sends the commodities for clearance upon imposing required tariffs.
Importing from India (In-bond process)
Upon submission, the customs office takes the process further and sends the commodities for clearance upon imposing required tariffs.
Importing from the third country via India
Importing from Bangladesh
Importing from the third country via Bangladesh
Importing by Air
Name: Tribhuvan International Airport
NYC Cargo has certain conditions for accepting goods for shipping. Customers are required to provide detailed information on their intended shipment in order for NYC Cargo to provide the best possible services.
The following are the list of items that require special written permission from concerned government departments before export in Nepal. These items include:
In view of the fact that TIA was emerging as a main import/export interface for the international trade, a study was conducted by Asian Development Bank in 1995. The study resulted in the preparation of a TIA Master Plan for the year 2000, 2005 and 2015. In respect of the existing cargo building, the major problem addressed and taken into account during the formulation of the master plan was the ‘scattered and inadequate cargo facilities at three different locations’. Total floor area covered by these three facilities stood only at 3500 sq. meters. Therefore, in view of problems with cargo safety, cargo building capacity and cargo handling management, the construction of a centralized Air Cargo Complex was inevitable. Brought in operation since 2058/9/2
Air Cargo Complex is featured as follows:
|AIRCRAFT ALLUP WEIGHT (KGS)||CHARGE BASIC||CHARGE|
|Upto: 10,000 Kgs||Per 1000 Kgs.||US$ 1.00|
|10,000 Kgs- ,100,000 Kgs.||First 50,000 Kgs,
After 50,000 Per 1000
|US$ 49.00, US$ 1.05|
|Above 1,00,000 Kgs.||First 1,00,000 Kgs,
After 1,00,000 Per 1000
|US$ 122.25, US$ 1.95|
The phase 1 building is expected to cater to handling demand for about 10 years from now.
Proper documentation is crucial for smooth transit of goods, and NYC Cargo understands this importance. We verify and maintain all required documents to ensure that consignments are not delayed due to document-related issues. Our documents are fully computerized and we proactively provide the necessary documents for importing and exporting. By managing documents effectively, we eliminate 90% of the hassle in operations.
The procedure for exporting commercial goods with NYC Cargo is as follows:
It’s important for customers to have all the required documents ready before exporting goods to avoid any delay. NYC Cargo is here to assist you and guide you through the process.
NYC Cargo has certain procedures for customers who are exporting commercial goods.
When exporting commercial goods from Nepal, there are several documents that are required for export clearance. These include:
For export to a third country by sea or land, all of the above documents are required, with the exception of number 9, and additional documents are also required:
It’s important for customers to provide all the required documents to NYC Cargo to avoid any delays or additional charges while exporting commercial goods. NYC Cargo is here to assist you and guide you through the process.
NYC Cargo understands that customers may not have the time to visit our office in Nepal, so we also provide the option for customers to make their order by fax or email. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when doing so:
It is important for customers to provide accurate and complete information and follow the instructions, to avoid any delays or additional charges.