The debut edition of India Nepal Logistics Summit will bring together government representatives and trade community to find solutions to some of the most pressing issues related to cross border trade and logistics of both nations.

Mr Narendra Modi
Rt. Honourable Prime Minister
Government of India  

 India will always stand by Nepal in its quest for all-round growth. Emphasis will be on completion of connectivity projects outlined in the past. 

Mr Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli
Rt. Honourable Prime Minister
Government of Nepal  

 Once we have inland waterways, Nepal cannot be called a completely landlocked country.
This will help in movement of cargoes from India and third-countries. Nepal will gradually start operating ships bearing Nepal's flag in international waters. Trade via inland waterways will reduce transportation cost for international trade.

Transforming Logistics Landscape

Prolonged delays in cargo movement, high logistics cost and lack of visibility of cargo in transit are some of the perennial issues that are synonymous with logistics of Nepal-based cargo. But with a stable government in place, these issues may end soon as the logistics landscape for Nepal cargo is transforming for the better. The Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Oli has recently inaugurated the establishment of Nepal Shipping Office which will open the door for further study and exploration on developing inland waterways in the country. The land-linked country has jumped from 2.38 in 2016 to 2.51 currently on the Logistics Performance Index of World Bank.

Kolkata Port Trust, the pioneer in facilitating movement of Nepal cargo to the global market has introduced electronic cargo tracking system that uses GPS, allowing shippers to keep track of consignments. Further under the transshipment privilege, the containers are directly sent to Birgunj dry port where they can receive customs clearance. Nepal is also receiving transshipment privileges and electronic cargo tracking at Visakhapatnam Port as well, its another gateway on the east coast of India for moving cargo to the third world countries. Electronic locks are being put to containers moving by rail to Nepal, which has also cut a lot of paper work and Customs procedure as containers are carried unopened to Nepal. The trade is finally able to cut down detention and demurrage charges as the turnaround time for containers has come down from 120 days to 14-21 days. Nepal has further sought access to Dhamra and Mundra ports to which Indian government has responded positively.

Improving connectivity to Nepal a new railway line is being constructed connecting Janakpur in south-eastern Nepal to Jay Nagar in Bihar. It is expected to bring down the logistics cost further for Nepal. To meet the demands of growing cargo movement an international dry port is being developed in Chovar, Kirtipur municipality. It will ease congestion in existing dry ports. The Kathmandu – Terai/Madhes Fast Track Road Project will reduce the time for connecting Kathmandu to Terai region from 4 hours to one hour and will also cut the logistics cost for moving commodities. An Outer Ring Road is being planned that connects all the three old cities in the valley with the newly formed municipalities. Of the total length of the Outer Ring Road, 35.08 kilometres will lie in Kathmandu, 15.80 km in Lalitpur and 21.05 km in Bhaktapur.

Prime Minister KP Oli’s government is keen at promoting cargo movement through inland waterways. The terminal being developed at Kalughat in Bihar by IWAI will connect up to Nepal with river Gandak being announced as NW-37. To promote maritime transport, KP Oli recently inaugurated Nepal Ship Office in Ekantakuna just to the south of Kathmandu, near the banks of the Bagmati River. Very soon Nepal flag will be seen sailing in the Indian Ocean.

However, in spite of these infrastructure developments certain issues need to be resolved: need for reducing transit time between Nepal and Indian ports, need to develop better warehousing facilities in Nepal, issues related to tariffs charged by logistics service providers, need for automation of customs and border clearance.


  • State of roads and border infrastructure
  • Dwell time at Kolkata port
  • Transport delays of import cargo from Kolkata Port to Kathmandu
  • Delays in rail transport.
  • Additional costs in handling cargo
  • Container tracking at CFS.
  • Customs functioning and administrative procedures
  • Logistics costs: Having uniform rate of shipping lines, CHA’s, port and CFS
  • Bills of Lading procedures in Nepal
  • Warehousing infrastructure: Urgent need
  • Freight remittances and financial transactions
  • Grievance redressal system
  • Common testing facilities
  • BBIN Status: Cargo booking delays
  • Need for more rail connectivity
  • Third country cargo transhipment challenges
  • Automation and digitalisation
  • Connecting to new markets in East, South East Asia and beyond
  • Lab and certification facilities

Ms Bhawani Rana
Federation of Nepalese Chambers of
Commerce and Industry

 The logistics summit FNCCI is organizing in Nepal in collaboration with Maritime Gateway will be a milestone in the area of infrastructure improvement that Nepal is looking forward to for diversifying its economy with equitable growth spread across logistics and manufacturing sectors.
Private sector needs to be engaged in the development process to achieve better livelihoods through better utilization of technology in improving rail, road and inland waterways. The event will identify issues in logistics and promote Nepal-India trade and economic relations.

Mr Kedar Bahadur Adhikari
Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Supply
Government of Nepal

 India has agreed to incorporate inland water facilities in separate Trade and Transit Treaties
paving the way for us to navigate inland water facilities from Haldia to Nepal border via our two rivers. This will pave the way for our own inland waterways. This will diversify our transit facilities, as we are currently completely dependent on land transit.

Mr Eaknarayan Aryal
Consul General
Consulate General of Nepal

 The logistics cost of Nepal is very high compared to other landlocked countries like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Switzerland and Laos.
A multi pronged strategy is being implemented to unlock the waterways potential, the trade and transit treaty and railway service agreement with India will be amended and a new logistics act will be developed for better management of logistics.

Mr Prakash Singh Karki
Nepal Freight Forwarders Association

 With a stable government in place, Nepal is now looking to usher in a period of growth by reviving up its economy.

The focus is now on ease of doing business, improving logistics infrastructure for better connectivity, reducing logistics cost and to set right the balance of trade. In this background, the India Nepal Logistics Forum will play a key role in bringing together government and the private sector on a common platform to deliberate and take Indo-Nepal trade and connectivity to the next level.


9.00hrs Onwards Registrations
10:00 - 11:30hrs Inaugural Session
11:30 - 12:00hrs Refreshment Break
12:00 - 13:30hrs Business Session One
- India - Nepal Trade :Opportunities and Challenges
13:30 - 14:30hrs Lunch
14:30 - 16:00hrs Business Session Two
- Cross Border Cargo Movement
16:00 - 16:30hrs Coffee Break
16:30 - 18:00hrs Business Session Three
- Changing Landscape of Shipping & Logistics - Preparing for Future
18:00 - 19:00hrs Networking over Cocktails



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