Nepalese traders eying festival sales worried as goods stuck at Chinese borders

In January, Dhiraj Shrestha, who owns Maha Ambe, an apparel store in the heart of Kathmandu, had ordered clothes from China

Sep 28, 2020
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In January, Dhiraj Shrestha, who owns Maha Ambe, an apparel store in the heart of Kathmandu, had ordered clothes from China. The consignment, worth Rs4 million, had summer clothing. It’s already September-end, but his orders have not arrived yet.

“Consignments from China are stranded in Kerung, the border point on the Chinese side. We do not know when we will get them,” said Shrestha, who is also the president of Ranjana Traders Association, a grouping of traders from Ranjana Trade Centre at New Road, Kathmandu.

According to him, most of the goods stuck at Rasuwagadhi-Kerung include clothes which were ordered targeting the Dashain festival season when people splurge on new outfits.

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