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Port Overview

Biratnagar is 7 kilometres (4 mi) North of Nepal's southern border with Bihar State, India.

Biratnagar Customs Office ranks 3rd  in overall volume of trade of Nepal after Birgunj and Bhairahawa. There are nine sub-customs offices under its jurisdiction. Major imported goods through this custom are petroleum products like diesel, petrol, LPG; crude soya-bean oil, motorcycles, betel nuts, mild steel billets, iron structures, coal, and glazed tiles. Major exported goods are betel nuts, cardamom, woven fabrics, jute sacks, G.I. wire, PP GI coil, dyed yarn, jute hessian fabric, brass strip in coils, and corrugated galvanized iron sheets. The Biratnagar Inland Clearance Depot (ICD) at the border is well connected to the gateway ports of Kolkata (600 kms) by road or by rail till Jogbani, Bihar. It is one of four dry ports currently in operation: Birgunj ICD at Sirsiya, Bhairahawa ICD, Biratnagar ICD and Kakarvitta ICD.

Port website: https://www.transnepaldryport.com

Port Location and Contact

Country

Nepal

Province or District

Province 1, Morang district

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

5 kms north of Biratnagar City accessed via H08

Port's Complete Name

Biratnagar Inland Container Depot

Latitude

26.40333

Longitude

87.26666

Managing Company or Port Authority

TransNepal Freight Services Pvt. Ltd

Management Contact Person

Anand Kumar Singh, TransNepal Tower Head Office

Piyush Marga, Biratnagar-5, Morang,Nepal

Tel: 021-501441

Fax: 021-501470

E-mail: ananda@transnepaldryport.com

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Biratnagar National Airport 12 km north

Port Picture

Aerial View of Biratnagar ICD


Description and Contacts of Key Companies

TransNepal Freight Services Pvt. Ltd. is a joint venture company with Allcargo Logistics Limited, a multi-national company headquartered in India which operates across more than 100 countries through over 200 offices globally. TransNepal Freight Services Pvt. Ltd. was incorporated in the year 2002 under the Nepalese Company Act, and started operation from 17th  April 2002 by taking over operation and management of the two ICDs’ at Biratnagar and Bhairahawa on lease for a period of ten years from Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Board. The 10-year lease agreement has been renewed up to 15th April 2022.

           

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Agencies related to Operation of ICD

Name

1

Multimodal Transport Operators

TransNepal Freight Services Pvt. Ltd

2

Transport Management Company

N/A

3

Customs

Biratnagar Customs Office

4

Freight Forwarders

N/A

5

Banks

Rastrya Banijya Bank, Rani

6

Quarantine

Plant, animal, and food quarantine

7

Shipping lines

N/A

8

Customs Agent

Mrigatrishna Clearing, Bijay Clearing, Shah Clearing, Devekinandan Clearing, Eastern Clearing etc.

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.


Port Performance

The Port is currently not congested. The average waiting time between arrival and discharge is 1 to 2 days. 

Seasonal Constraints


Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

From June to August

Major Import Campaigns

Yes

Festival months (October to November)

Other Comments

ICP Biratnagar is in operation so work is transferred to ICD.

Handling Figures for 2019

Container Traffic (TEUs)

6220

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2019

Bulk (MT)

N/A

Break bulk (MT)

12204

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link: Biratnagar ICD’s Tariff and storage rates.

 

Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment is managed by the operator. The port has transitioned to mechanical port handling equipment from using manual labor to handle cargoes as the volume of cargoes passing through has increased.

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Mobile Cranes

Yes

Escorts F-15

Capacity 14 ton at 1.5 m, 900 kg at 15.8 m

Reachstacker

No



Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

 No



Transtainer

No



Forklifts

Yes

One, 3000kgs


Pallet Trolly

Yes

Two, 5000 kgs, 3000 kgs


Container Facilities

The space available for container is sufficient, but Port does not have refrigerated container station and a storage related to cold store.

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

50

50

Container Freight Station (CFS)

N/AN/A

Refrigerated Container Stations

N/AN/A

Other Capacity Details

N/AN/A

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

N/AN/A

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

1

N/A

Emergency Take-off Capacity

N/A

N/A

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

N/AN/A

Customs Guidance

The customs clearance process at the dry port of Biratnagar is automated using the web based ASYCUDA system, which allows for the pre-clearing of goods. Customs pre-clearance of goods takes approximately 1-2 working days. The location of the Customs office is within the dry port.

Main Storage Terminal

The Port has a warehouse, parking, and open yard areas as listed below. The port does not have cold storage facilities and does not have a specific area designated for humanitarian cargo.

ICD has two warehouses (1. Container Freight Station Shed and 2. Good Shed). NITDB has started ICP in Biratnagar with storage and handling facilities to handle bulk cargo.  

The Biratnagar Dry Port's facilities include:

  • One Reefer plug points for refrigerator cargoes
  • A covered warehouse of 55 x 25 m with 1.2 m high level platform
  • An additional fully covered warehouse of similar size
  • A digital weighbridge installed 100-ton capacity 
  • Warehouses accommodated with Electronic Weighing Scales
  • A vacant area for adding up to 3,900 m2 warehousing / parking area for holding 150 TEUs.
  • A parking area for 80 trucks

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

NTWDC warehouse

1375

Refrigerated Cargo

No


General Cargo

Container Cargo New warehouse

3700

Port Security

The port is surrounded by a concrete wall. A CCTV monitoring system and security guards are placed in strategic areas to provide surveillance 24/7. Security is provided by Nepal Armed Police Forces of Nepal Government and a third-party security company.

Integrated Check Post Biratnagar (ICP)

Port Overview

Aerial view of ICP Biratnagar

 

Biratnagar ICP is a newly erected infrastructure in the country and came into operation from February 2020. It is spread over 216 acres of land. It houses cargo building, cold storage, terminal building, restaurant, Customs, immigration, quarantine, banks, currency exchange, warehouse, litigation shed and parking that are required for the clearance of goods and movement of people from a single location, thereby reducing trading cost for traders.

It is 2 Km South of Biratnagar ICD and 14.8 Km South of Biratnagar Airport. 


Port Location and Contact

Country

Nepal

Province or District

Province 1, Morang

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Biratnagar 10 Km North, 20 mins drive

Port's Complete Name

Integrated Check Post, Biratnagar

Latitude

26.38333

Longitude

87.26888

Managing Company or Port Authority

 

TransNepal Tower Head Office

Piyush Marga, Biratnagar-5, Morang,Nepal

Tel: 021-501441

Fax: 021-501470

Management Contact Person

Ravi Parikhe

Nearest Airport

14.8 km North 30 mins drive