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Nathu La trade: Govt finalises import, export list

June 15, 2006 16:13 IST

Ahead of the opening of the Nathu La pass later this month, the government has finalised the list of items for trade with China from the border point between Sikkim and Tibet.

Import of 15 products from China and export of 29 items from India by people living along both sides of the India- China border would be allowed freely through Gunji, Namgaya Shipkila and Nathu La, according to a notification by the Director General of Foreign Trade.

Nathu La, which is expected to be opened by June 30, would be the third border trading point -- after Gunji and Shipkila -- between India and China. The trade route passes through the Himalayas at about 14,500 feet above sea level.

Trade through Nathu La to begin on June 30

The items allowed for import are wool, goat cashmere (pasham),

goat skins, sheep skins, yak tails, goats, sheep, yak hair, horses, salt, borax, China clay, butter and silk.

The products that can be exported are farm implements, blankets, copper products, clothes, textiles, cycles, coffee, tea, barley, rice, flour, dry fruit, dry and fresh vegetables, vegetable oil, gur and misri, tobacco, cigarettes, canned food, agro chemicals, local herbs, dyes, spices, watches, shoes, kerosene oil, stationery, utensils and wheat.

As per the notification, imports of goat skins, sheep skins and yak tails, goats, sheep, yak hair and horses would be subject to the provisions of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

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