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Cargo Shipping To Nepal

Located in South Asia in the Himalayan Mountains, Nepal borders China and India. Sea cargo and ocean freight entering Nepal typically arrives through Calcutta in India.

If you are moving overseas to Nepal or are interested in international sea shipping to Nepal, there is some important information you should learn in advance about shipping to Nepal.

Please note, “packed by owner,” sometimes abbreviated PBO and miscellaneous are not acceptable descriptions to detail your personal effects or cargo.

If you are shipping electrical equipment to Nepal, please provide specific details about your electronic devices including year, make and brand information. In addition, if you are shipping new items to Nepal, you should also plan to provide the invoices for these new items.

Other documents you will likely need before cargo shipping to Nepal include:
  • CTD or Customs Transit Declaration for any cargo shipments that are going to be cleared through ports in India
  • A letter authorizing the Destination Agent to clear your shipment
  • Your personal contact information including address and phone number in Nepal
If you are a Diplomat shipping a Diplomatic shipment to Nepal, make sure you obtain a Diplomatic Exemption Certificate issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nepal. You should provide the CIF (cost, insurance, freight) value of your shipment.

If you qualify, you may be able to obtain a Duty Free Exemption Certificate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Again, the CIF value of the shipment will be required for anyone qualifying for this special duty free exemption. This includes most foreign advisors and consultants for the Nepalese Government.

Are you a Foreign National on private contract returning to Nepal for some type of work? If so, you should also plan to provide your passport and a passport for every member of your family that is accompanying you to Nepal. You will also need a certificate from your employer stating your sources of income, and an import licensed that you can obtain through the Department of Commerce in Nepal.

It is important to note that you should plan to send all the necessary documents before your shipment to Nepal (a minimum of at least three to four weeks). Your paperwork should arrive in Nepal before the arrival of your shipment at any Indian Port to avoid any fees for storing cargo over an established length of time and possible delays.

When you are shipping to Nepal, you should arrange to be present when your cargo shipment is going through the customs clearance process. All shipments entering Nepal are inspected by customs officials. Certain people are allowed to ship household goods and personal items to Nepal duty and tax free.

If you qualify for duty free shipping status to Nepal, this special qualification is valid for six months from your arrival date in Nepal. Please note, shipments entering Nepal must be consigned to the owner’s full name and address in Nepal.

Cargo shipments to Nepal are often routed through Calcutta in India. Cargo shipments entering Calcutta are subject to inspection by Indian Customs authorities. Plan to have a Combined Transport Document or CTD.

Shipping to Nepal - Restricted Items and Dutiable Goods

If you are shipping new items to Nepal, you should have an invoice for the items along with a Certificate of Origin document.

A number of items are subject to duty fees and/or taxes when shipping to Nepal. It is helpful for you obtain all of the details on these rules and restrictions from the Consulate of Nepal. Items subject to duty fees when shipping to Nepal include:
  • Electronics and electrical goods
  • Cosmetics
  • All new / never used items
  • Antique furniture and other types of antique goods
If you are shipping pure silver or gold to Nepal, you need to declare it at the time of your arrival in the country. You must also plan to export it with you when you leave Nepal.

There are a lot of different restrictions on shipping weapons and ammunition to Nepal. You must obtain prior permission from the Government of Nepal before importing any type of weapons and/or ammunition to the country.

Shipping to Nepal - Prohibited Items

As with most regions, there are some items that are prohibited from cargo shipment to Nepal. This includes the following:
  • Drugs
  • Beef and beef products
  • Pornography

Vehicle Shipping to Nepal

If you are moving overseas to Nepal, you may be interested in car shipping. Certain people are permitted to transport a car or vehicle to Nepal duty free.

Please note that you are not allowed to bring a vehicle that is more than 5 years old to Nepal.
If you are shipping a vehicle to Nepal, plan to have the following documents available:
  • Invoice detailing vehicle model, engine number and chassis number
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Car Ownership Certificate (for used vehicles)

Moving to Nepal and Bringing Pets

If you are moving to Nepal, or are staying there for an extended period of time, you may be interested in bringing some type of pet with you. In order to bring your pet to Nepal, make sure that your pet has an updated health certificate.

You can bring a pet to Nepal as either accompanied or unaccompanied baggage. It is important to note that you will be required to be present for the customs clearance of your pet to Nepal.

There is a lot to think about as you plan your cargo shipping to Nepal or some other international location. An experienced cargo shipping company like Cargo Experts will help you navigate all of the country specific rules and regulations, paperwork and logistics required for your international shipment.

Choosing the right international cargo shipping company can help simplify your experience with overseas moving and international shipping to Nepal. You can get a fast and free freight quote from Cargo Experts, or you can call toll free 1- 866-994-7822 for more information about international shipping services.

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