Nepal customs payment goes online

File: Trucks importing various goods at Birgunj customs point
File: Trucks importing various goods at Birgunj customs point

Kathmandu, January 26

Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has launched the e-payment system for customs duty amidst an event organised today on the occasion of the 70th International Customs Day.

With the inauguration of this system, traders can now pay customs duty online.

Stating that a ‘new age’ has been started with this, the finance minister believes customs clearance can be done from home and it will also facilitate the collection of revenues.

“It will function as an important tool for trade facilitation and saving time of the service-recipients as well as the customs employees. It will also help in improving the performance of the employees,” he said.

The finance minister also shared on the occasion that vehicle scanners would be used at the customs checkpoints very soon.

Minister Sharma also spoke of the need of managing international standard quarantine and laboratory at customs points as per the demand of the private sector.

Finance Secretary Madhu Kumar Marasini said only bringing the technology was not enough and it required a skilled workforce, constant practice and training to operate the technology.

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