It is one of the two main border points for international trade between the two countries. The Rasuwagadhi-Kerung border point has remained closed since January. The Tatopani-Zhangmu border point was reopened in late March.
“We have reached an understanding with the Chinese side to reopen the Rasuwagadhi-Geelong border point in the next few days,” Navaraj Dhakal, joint secretary at Nepal’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supply, told Xinhua on Saturday. “On Thursday, we received a letter from the Chinese side, agreeing to reopen this border point for the movement of goods.”
According to the official, once the local authorities of the two countries at the bordering area reach a conclusion on the operational procedure of cross border movement of goods, the border will come into formal operation. “I think the border point will formally be opened within a week.”
Nepali officials said the local authorities of both sides will prepare an operational procedure defining how the movement of goods should proceed with minimal human contacts.
“We are in contact with Chinese bordering customs officials,” Punya Bikram Khadka, chief customs officer at Rasuwagadhi customs told Xinhua on Saturday. “We hope to hold a meeting with the Chinese side to conclude the procedure of cargo movement across the border in the next one or two days.”
Right after the reopening of the border point, Nepal plans to bring back the goods stranded in warehouses in Geelong and other locations of China.
Khadka said the Nepali side has already submitted a list of stranded goods to China, including electronics, machineries, equipment related to solar plants, equipment related to hydropower projects, electrical goods and garments.