Kathmandu, April 27
To reduce imports, the government has banned the import of 10 different items. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies has issued a notice banning imports from liquor to playing cards.
The ministry said in a statement that it had banned the import of alcohol, motorcycles, televisions, cards and toys.
Due to the high rate of imports, the foreign exchange reserves have been declining but the import of non-essential items has been tightened.
According to the Ministry, the diplomatic missions in Nepal will not be barred from importing the banned items for their own purposes. Also, the ministry has said that this provision will not be implemented if the process of import through banking has been completed before Baishakh 13.
These are the items that have been stopped from being imported:
· Kurkure, Kurmure, Lays and similar products
· All types of prepared alcohol (except raw materials)
· Cigarettes and tobacco products (except raw materials)
·Diamond (except industrial raw material)
·Color television (over 32 inches)
·Jeeps, cars and vans (excluding ambulances and hearse)
·Motorcycles above 250 cc
·All kinds of toys