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Trade with Nepal at a nascent stage with Visakhapatnam Port

The Shipping Ministry has notified Visakhapatnam port as second gateway port to Nepal after Kolkata port nearly a year ago but trade to the Himalayan country from the port is still at a nascent stage, Chairman of Visakhapatnam port Krishna babu said.

He was addressing a One day Workshop on Nepal India Trade organised by the Nepal Embassy in New Delhi.

Nepal should set up a Consulate or a trade facilitation centre at Visakhapatnam to give boost to the trade that country he said.

He said though Kolkata and Haldia may be geographically close to Nepal, the cargo handling at Visakhapatnam port for Nepal may work out cheaper considering other factors and advantages. The Visakhapatnam Container Terminal is one of the best terminals in the country with a deep draft and would offer great advantage to Nepalese trade.

Referring to the logistics facilities available near the port he said the state owned Container Corporation of India has set up a logistics part at a cost of Rs five hundred crores and vizag port enjoyed excellent rail connectivity to entire eastern coast. He urged the Nepal trade to make use of the facilities available at the port.

Mr Deep Kumar Upadhyaya conceded that the Vizag port offered good facilities to the trade. There some issues he said which are coming in way he said without specifiying them. We will soon cross these hurdles and strike for better turn over from Vizag port he said.


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