Nepal - 2.3.5 Minor Border Crossing - Dhangadi/Kailali


The Kailali customs office in Dhangadhi sub-metropolitan city, Ward No. 3, Trinagar Kailali is the main customs office under the Department of Customs of Nepal for Sudurpaschim province. The Kailali border crossing at Dhangadi is rated no.  9 of 27 border crossings with 1.64% of total import value (Ref: Dept. of Customs 2022/23).  


From the Kailali-Dhangadhi border crossing in Nepal the nearest cities in India are Lucknow and New Delhi. The Bhimdatta Highway connects the Customs Office to Dhangadhi city and the East-West Highway at Attariya, Nepal. Nepali immigration is open from 7am to 8pm. ATMs of different banks and foreign exchange are available in Dhangadhi around 4 Km north of the border. An extension counter of Rastriya Banijya Bank is available inside the customs area. 


The customs office does not have any warehouses within the premises, but has an open shed of 500 sqm. 7588 sqm of open space is available outside the compound wall of customs office which is across the road. The open space is suitable for non-food items, there is a national reserve forest in the Indian side of the border and many monkeys are present in the area, the authorities suggest not to store food items in the open space. In Dhangadhi city there are national transport companies available, such as Pashupati and Shivashakti company. 




Picture: Boarding crossing –Dhangadhi Kailali (Sudurpashchim) 

Border Crossing Location and Contact 

Name of Border Crossing 


Nepal: Dhangadhi 
India: Gauriphanta 

Province or District 

Sudurpaschim Province in Nepal  

Uttar Pradesh in India  

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing 

Dhangadi in Nepal  

Distance: 4 km  

Palia in India  

Distance 40 km  





Managing Authority / Agency 

Government of Nepal-Ministry of finance Department of Custom-Kailali Custom Office  

Contact Person 

Mr. Pabitra Khadka (Information Officer) 

Office Phone: 9858477021 



Travel Times 

Nearest International Airport 

Name: Gautam Buddha International Airport, Bhairahawa  

Distance in km: 403 KM 

Truck Travel Time: 10-12 hrs 

Car Travel time: 8-10 hrs 

Nearest Port 

Name: Dhangadhi Custom Office  
Distance is 1 km 

Truck Travel Time: 5 Minutes  

Car Travel time: 5 Minutes 

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity 

Name: Dhangadhi  

Distance in 1 km 

Truck Travel Time: 5 Minutes  

Car Travel time: 5 Minutes 

Other Information 


Kolkata is the nearest seaport in Indian side to import and export third country goods 1,255 KM away from Dhangadi takes minimum 25 Hours travel time, but 7 days by truck. 


Hours of Operation 


0700 hrs to 2000 hrs 


0700 hrs to 2000 hrs 


0700 hrs to 2000 hrs 


0700 hrs to 2000 hrs 


0700 hrs to 2000 hrs 


0700 hrs to 2000 hrs 


0700 hrs to 2000 hrs 

National Holidays 


The customs office remains closed on first Saturday of every month as per Nepali calendar. But will remain open if there is an emergency.  

Seasonal Constraints  



Daily Capacity 

The customs office has a daily capacity of 200 to 300 trucks per day. 

Customs Clearance 

Compulsory Document for custom clearance. 

  • D & T Exemption Certificate  

  • Invoice 

  • AWB/BL/Other Transport Documents 

  • Donation/Non-Commercial Certificates 

  • Packing list 

  • Letter of credit 

  • Certificate of origin 

  • Certificate of insurance 

  • Bill of Lading / Airway Bill 

  • Industry Registration Certificates 

  • Permanent Account Number (with VAT Registration and Income Tax Registration if not exempt) 

For more information on customs in Dhangadi-Kailali, Nepal, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information.   

Other Relevant Information 

The delays at the Kailali-Dhangadi Border Post can be extensive – from 2 days to a week-long but the integrated check, post (ICP) in Birgunj can process goods quicker than this custom office.  


Major imports from this office are petroleum products, mill machinery, food grains, biscuits, motor parts and industrial raw materials and exported from this office: Rosin, Turpentine and Kaththa. 

Other facilities: Bank facility within the office premises for revenue filing, office for import and export. Animal Quarantine is at 1.5 km and Plant Quarantine and Food Quarantine Office is located at a distance of 2.5 km.  

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List




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