The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) has forwarded a list of 211 agricultural and food products to its Chinese counterpart seeking relaxation of standards for exporting them to the market of northern neighbour citing the commodities have been repeatedly facing standard-related non-tariff barriers. “As the Chinese officials asked about products facing barrier of standard while exporting to China during the meeting of Nepal China Tibet Trade Facilitation Committee in September-end, we sent a list of 211 products asking China to relax standards on those items,” said Jib Raj Koirala, joint secretary of MoCS…Full Article: The Himalayan Jan 2015
- The list of commodities Nepal wants China to ease import regulations on include livestock, meat, dairy products, fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, oilseeds, medicinal herbs, confectionary products, juices, sauces, and more.
- Nepal, which does not have an internationally accredited food quality lab, has exports issues with not only China, but also India.
- In 2013, mainland China import US$17.5 million worth of oilseeds (HS 12) from Nepal, a significant rise from 2012’s figure of US$8.5 million. The next largest agricultural commodity mainland China imported were lac, gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts (HS 13) at just over US$100,000. All other agricultural commodity categories were under US$50,000 in 2013.