For practical purposes in term of location, management, available facilities, warehouses and operating schedules, Kakarbhitta Inland Clearance Depot (ICD) can be treated as the same entity as the Mechi Customs Office. For more information, please see the following link: 2.3.1 Nepal Mechi Land Border Crossing.
The port is 600 km / 15 hours truck travel time from Calcutta and is spread over 7.5 hectares of land. Currently, the port handles around 80-90 trucks of goods a day, which is far lower than the government estimate of 160 trucks. The main objective of building the port was to boost Nepal’s exports to Bangladesh. The facilities provided in the dry port have not been utilized fully as forward and clearing agents have resisted moving into the space due to unaffordable rentals being charged by the government. The state owned Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Committee (NITDC), which operates the dry port, had initially fixed monthly rent at Nepalese Rupee (NPR) 730 per m2, which it later reduced to NPR 375 per m2.
For more information on port contacts, please see the following links:
For more information on customs in Nepal, please see the following link: 1.3 Nepal Customs Information