Gangtok: Border trade for this year will
resume at Nathu La, located at an altitude of 14,200 feet on
the Sino-India frontier, on May three next, an official
release said on Monday.
The process for issuance of trade passes for interested
traders for their participation at the annual border trade
will soon begin at the East Sikkim District Collector`s office
soon, the release said.
The traders have been asked to submit their application
with the authorities for issuance of passes to them, it said.
The number of goods on trade list remains unchanged for
this year with 29 items on export list form India and 15 items
on import list from Tibet Autonomous region.
The historical Nathu La border trade had commenced in
2006 between India and China after a gap of over 40 teams
after the two countries had signed an agreement for re-opening
the silk route for biteral trade involving the traders of
Sikkim and Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).
The last year`s trade had been beneficial for the Indian
traders who had registered an export volume at Rs. 1.35 crore.
The import volume had stood at Rs. 2.96 lakh with the
Indian traders evincing little interest in importing goods