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Nathu La border trade finally picks up momentum

None  Gangtok, August 25, 2009
First Published: 13:08 IST(25/8/2009) | Last Updated: 13:09 IST(25/8/2009)

Border trade between India and China at Nathu La seems to be gaining momentum after a lull for almost two months with goods worth Rs. 9.24 lakh being exported in July.


The export value of Rs. 9.24 lakh is an improvement from Rs. 7 lakh that was recorded for the same month last year, commerce and industries department official said in Gangtok.

Last month's success came despite the limited number of goods on the trade list, inclement weather and poor infrastructure on Jawahar Lal Nehru Road linking Gangtok and Nathu La, the official said.

However, Indian traders did not not import anything from their counterparts from Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) last month as there are no takers in Sikkim for the goods on the trade list of China , he said.

The official stressed on the need for revision of the list of goods for export and import between the two regions and said the Centre has been repeatedly urged to undertake the task and take it up with their Chinese counterparts to make the border trade a worthwhile proposition.

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