Nepal is a landlocked country, surrounded by India and china and does not have any dry port (container terminal) facility at present. Therefore, the most convenient port for all incoming and outgoing shipment to and from Nepal by sea freight is via Calcutta port, India which is approximately 1300kms from Katmandu, Nepal. As there is also no regular consolidation service from Calcutta to Nepal and vice versa, for small volume shipment forwarding by air freight will be less cost effective than forwarding by sea freight.

Transit time for transportation of sea container from Calcutta port to Katmandu and return normally takes 15 to 20 days.

To avoid container rental charges it is always advisable to negotiate and make an agreement at origin port with the shipping company for free rental charges during transit time. The agreement clause "container rental charges will be free of cost for 20 days during transit from Calcutta port to Katmandu and return" must be mentioned (written) in the master ocean bill of lading of concerned shipping company.

Please note that all the documents for customs clearance has to be processed with the concerned authority in Katmandu, Nepal through the client's office in Nepal for which original bill of lading
(03 set all originals), inventory list with value of goods, invoice of auto (if auto is also imported), insurance certificate up to final destination and other relevant documents are required. Processing of above document takes normally 7 to 10 days and above documents should reach us well in advance before arrival of the shipment at Calcutta port.

Nepal is having its own dry ports (container terminal) at Biratnagar, Birgunj and Bhairawa along its indo/Nepal border which is expected to be completed very soon and should start its normal operations by early next year 2001. In this regard, it will be more convenient for us to provide our best and reliable service to our valued customers at a very competitive rate for their removal by sea freight. We will inform and relay all the necessary information to our valued customers accordingly when its available.