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Port Overview

Tatopani Inland Clearance Depot (ICD) is located in Tatopani village, Sindhupalchok, Bagmati Province, directly on Nepal’s northern border with China, 114 km North East of Kathmandu. Tatopani and Rasuwa in Langtang are Nepal’s two main border crossing points with China. Construction of the Tatopani ICD included improvement of the 112-meter-long bridge over the Bhotekoshi River and a 6.5 KM road track that connects the two countries.

The entry point was closed from January 27 to March 29, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, the Araniko Highway leading to Tatopani has been frequently blocked for all traffic due to large active landslides. The road has been re-opened, but the landslide risk remains high, especially during monsoon season.

Port website: Tatopani ICD.

Port Location and Contact

Country

Nepal

Province or District

Bagmati Province, Sindhupalchok

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Banepa at 87 kms SW along H03

Port's Complete Name

Inland Container Deport at Tatopani

Latitude

27.98722

Longitude

85.96111

Managing Company or Port Authority

Nepal Transit and Warehousing Co. Ltd.

Management Contact Person

Tekraj Kandel (Branch Manager)

9851254257

Tatopani Dry Port Branch

Larcha, Sindhupalchok, Nepal

E-mail: tatopani@nepaltransit.com

Customs Contact Person

Lal Bahadur Khatri

Larcha, Sindhupalchok, Nepal

Mob: 9851137131

Phone: 011-480131

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

TIA at Kathmandu District

Port Pictures

Aerial view of Tatopani ICD

International Standard Inland Container Depot at Tatopani, Sindhupalchok. Picture Source: New Spotlight Online


Description of Key Companies

SN

Agencies related to Operation of ICD

Name

1

Multimodal Transport Operators

Nepal Transit and Warehousing Co. Ltd.

2

Transport Management Company

N/A

3

Customs

Tatopani Customs Office

4

Freight Forwarders

N/A

5

Banks

Nepal Bangladesh Bank

6

Quarantine

N/A

7

Shipping lines

N/A

8

Customs Agent

N/A

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


Port Performance

Major goods imported via the checkpoint are medicines, fruits, electronic appliances, ready-made garments and shoes. The movement of cargo happens between 10 am to 8 pm.

  • Maximum trucks: 70-80 per day
  • Daily average:  10-15 per day
  • Average clearing time: 3-4 hrs / truck
  • There is rarely a backlog. All trucks are cleared daily. 

Congestion and in-access of the custom point can happen as a result of landslides blocking the Araniko highway, the only route to and from the Tatopani ICD.  


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please refer to this document: Service rate declared by Operation committee of Nepal Intermodal Transportation Development Board and approved by Nepal Transit and Warehousing Company Ltd for Tatopani ICD.




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