Nepal imports essentials worth over Rs 6.25 billion since lockdown began

Trucks near Nepal-India border point in Birgunj

Kathmandu, April 2

Nepal spent over Rs 6.25 billion in purchasing daily essentials, medicines and foodstuffs in particular, since Tuesday last week, when the country went on lockdown in its bid to control the coronavirus crisis.

The Department of Customs says the country imported various goods worth that amount from March 24 to 31. In this period, the country spent Rs 282.3 million in purchasing the medicines alone.

Likewise, the country imported 9,809 metric tonnes of cooking gas, 3,396 kilolitres of diesel and 3,200 kilolitres of petrol in this period.

Similarly, 14,457 metric tonne foodstuffs and 8,312 metric tonne fresh vegetables have been imported.

The department’s chief Suman Dahal says other things except the most essential ones have not been imported and exported during this period.

Published on April 2nd, Thursday, 2020 3:41 PM

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