Nathula trade opens for 2018

Gangtok, 02 May:

The 12th edition of the bilateral border trade between India and China from Nathula border resumed on 01 May for the scheduled period of 01 May to 30 Nov, 2018. The opening function was organized at Nathula to mark the resumption of trade and was attended by officials from Commerce and Industries Department, Government of Sikkim, Customs, ITBP, Immigration and Traders.

However, traders have decided to start transactions from 07 May.

On behalf of the Government of Sikkim, Secretary, Commerce and Industries Department, SK Pradhan, formally declared the trade open for this season of the year 2018 in the presence of Joint Secretary, N Jaswant, officials and traders from both the sides. The trading days are from Monday to Thursday and the trade will continue till 30 Nov, 2018.

Despite inclement weather in the last few days, the trade opening day was blessed with sunny weather and officers and traders of both sides reached Nathula for the resumption of trade.

Officials and traders from India and China wished each other and assured to extend the best possible help to each other for smooth and peaceful trade.

It may be mentioned that trade across the Nathula border had been stalled last year after the Doklam standoff between the Chinese and Indian army. 2017 saw only two weeks of trade take place across the border.