Nepal-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCCI) have urged the Chinese government to reopen the Tatopani border point and bring the trade route into operation permanently.
Issuing a press statement to thank Nepali and Chinese governments for their efforts in releasing Nepal-bound goods stuck in the Chinese side of border, NCCCI said that the Chinese authority should resume the trade route. “We are thankful to both the governments as Nepal-bound goods stuck in China have moved to their respective destinations through Tatopani border point,” NCCCI President Rajesh Kaji Shrestha said. “However, the route has been closed now.”
Shrestha urged the Chinese government to reopen the Tatopani border point permanently, stating that it would play crucial role to enhance trade and economic relationship between Nepal and China. “Tatopani border is Nepal’s major trading point with China. Resumption of this trade route will not only benefit Nepal, but also enhances trade relationship between the two countries,” Shrestha added.
He also said the resumption of Tatopani trade route will make positive impact on tourism and investments in both the countries.
The trading route, which was shut after the earthquake of April 25 last year, had resumed operation from mid-April this year, albeit temporarily. The trading point had resumed operation after the Chinese authority agreed to release goods stuck in Khasa. The earthquake and frequent landslides on the Tatopani section of Araniko Highway had prevented shipment of more than 300 Nepal-bound containers which have now been released.
“If efforts are made from both sides, this historic trade route can resume operation very soon,” he added.