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Rasuwagadhi-Kyirong checkpoint to reopen from Monday

2021 Feb 28, 16:24, Kathmandu
A view of Rasuwagadhi-Kyirong checkpoint, one of the major trade points with China, in in Rasuwa district. Photo courtesy: Asesh Karki

Rasuwagadhi-Kyirong checkpoint in Rasuwa district, one of the major trade points with China, will be reopened in a full-fledged way from Monday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). 

The checkpoint has remained closed since the Chinese Spring Festival and subsequent Lhosar festival in Nepal, Spokesperson at MoFA Sewa Lamsal told Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS) that the Chinese side has already agreed to resume the trade point that has remained closed since February 11 this year. The resumption may differ by a day or two owing to technical reason, added Lamsal. 

Rasuwa has been declared Covid-19 free district and all the staff at the Customs Office, Rasuwagadhi including 35 containers drivers, 15 labourers and a team of security personnel have already been vaccinated, shared Customs Office, Rasuwagadhi Chief Ramprasad Regmi said.

The Nepali side had a hard time convincing the Chinese side that there were no health risks in Nepal regarding coronavirus infection, said Regmi over telephone.

The checkpoint fetches over Rs 20 million of revenue on a daily basis on a regular day. It was completely shut down from February 10, 2020, to July 11 the same year following the outbreak of coronavirus infection. The checkpoint was open for one-way trade traffic thereafter and five containers were allowed to enter Nepal side on a daily basis, according to Regmi.

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