Top 10 Items Prohibited For Import Into Nepal Till Mid July - 2022

Last updated on 2022-09-25
Top 10 Items Prohibited For Import Into Nepal Till Mid July - 2022

Nepal government, to ease the crisis of diminishing foreign exchange reserves has imposed a ban on the import of ten different types of "luxurious goods" until mid-July 2022. The ban will not apply to people who completed the banking process before April 30, according to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies. No doubt this will have major effects on the economic sector of the country. The goods with the highest value that were imported in the previous fiscal year are as follows:

*The data is ranked based on the research of The Everest List Team.

10. Playing Cards

Playing Cards
Image Source: Online Khabar

In five years, Nepal imported Rs 1 billion worth of playing cards. Nepal imported 66.2 million packets of playing cards for Rs 1.05 billion in the last five years, according to Department of Customs figures. The imports were much greater in the previous fiscal year. Nepal spent Rs 274.9 million on playing cards that year, importing 13.4 packs. The government imported Rs 50 million worth of playing cards in the first two months of the current fiscal year (mid-July to mid-September).

  • Import Quantity : 98,08,529
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 1.95 Arba

9. Kurkure, Kurmure, Lays, Cheeseball

Kurkure, Kurmure, Lays, Cheeseball
Image Source: UBuy

Nepal has banned the import of snacks such as Lays and Kurkure. The government has also instructed all community schools across the country not to serve junk food as a mid-day meal to children. In the first nine months of the current fiscal year, Nepal imported cheese balls, crisps, and kurkure valued at Rs. 580 million. According to customs data for the months of July to April, Rs. 580 million was spent on the importation of these three commodities. In the previous nine months, 1.293 million kilos of cheese, crisps, and kurkure were imported, according to the government. The state has received Rs 366.40 million from the importers for this product. Nepal imports cheese, crackers, and tails from 12 different nations. These commodities are imported from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom, according to the Department of Customs.

  • Import Quantity : 12,93,056
  • Unit : KG
  • Import Value : 5.87 Arba

8. Toys

Toys
Image Source: KL Tower

Children's hands are nearly everywhere in the world holding brightly colored plastics, toys, or model automobiles. Simple production procedures and massive worldwide demand have resulted in a proliferation of low-cost, possibly dangerous toys, with many nations importing in large quantities to fulfill demand. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of hazardous substances because they are frequently exposed throughout critical developmental stages. Out of 100 toys tested, 54 had hazardous amounts of at least one chemical, while 27 had harmful levels of two poisonous components. A total of 28 toys revealed lead levels that might be harmful to children's health. Toy imports in Nepal totaled more than one billion Nepalese Rupees ($7.2 million) in 2016 and 2017. Despite the large number of toys imported, no rules on the use of harmful substances in children's toys existed until 2017.

  • Import Quantity : 2,53,89,723
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 7.17 Arba

7. Bikes > 250 cc

Bikes > 250 cc
Image Source: BikeHaru

In Nepal, many well-known international two-wheeler companies have been selling their motorcycles. Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, and Kawasaki all have superbikes on the market in the Philippines. New entrants like Aprilia, Benelli, and MV Agusta have also been giving a high-end ride to rich Nepali riders. Meanwhile, high-end bikes like Royal Enfield and KTM Duke are available to meet the desires of soul movers' in this city. Despite the strong demand for two-wheeler motorcycles, the majority of sales in Nepal are for two-wheeler bikes with engines ranging from 125 to 250 cubic centimeters. Bikes with capacities of more than 250 ccs have a small market share, and only a few enterprises sell motorcycles with capacities greater than 250 ccs. Because demand for such bikes is modest and some firms already have them in-store, the ban on such motorcycles may not have a significant impact on businesses. The limitation on the import of motorcycles in the 250 cc class may not be effective because demand is already low.

  • Import Quantity : 6318
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 11.49 Arba

6. Liquor

Liquor
Image Source: AdStock Nepal

According to authorities, prohibiting the import of foreign liquor was among the measures adopted to avoid the country's economic condition from deteriorating. The nation brought in 1,28,73,67,000 liters of alcohol worth Rs. 14.97 Arba in the first nine months of the fiscal year 2078/79.

  • Import Quantity : 12,87,367
  • Unit : LTR
  • Import Value : 14.97 Arba

5. Tobacco Products

Tobacco Products
Image Source: The Times of Everest

Tobacco extracts and essences, cigarettes, cigarette paper, and other processed tobacco products were all on the list of banned tobacco items. In the first nine months of the fiscal year 2078/79, about 6,181,918K kg of tobacco goods worth Rs.250 crores were imported.

  • Import Quantity : 1,59,44,775
  • Unit : KG/STK/PCS
  • Import Value : 25.10 Arba

4. Diamond

Diamond
Image Source: American Diamond/Cubic Zirconia Nepal

Amid the list of luxury items that are prohibited, there lies the import of diamonds. Almost 26.3 Arba rupees worth of diamonds were imported to Nepal in the first 9 months of the fiscal year 2078/79.

  • Import Quantity : 25,52,536
  • Unit : KG/CAR/PCS
  • Import Value : 26.34 Arba

3. TV

TV
Image Source: Deal Ayo

Now the government has banned the import of color TVs with screens bigger than 32 inches. Large TV importers imported 21748.18 dollars worth of color TVs in the first 9 months of the fiscal year 2078/79. Now they are restricted to do so until mid-July 2022 (if the ban is not extended).

  • Import Quantity : 1,36,616
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 26.92 Arba

2. Smartphone

Smartphone
Image Source: The Kathmandu Post

In the fiscal year 2020/2021, Nepal imported mobile phones worth Rs 36.90 billion. Mobile phones priced between Rs 15,000 and Rs 45,000 were among the most popular during the outbreak, according to wholesalers. The Nepal government got Rs 5.84 billion in income from mobile phone imports in the fiscal year 2020/21, according to the Department of Customs. China supplied the vast bulk of mobile phone sets. India and Vietnam are two more big mobile phone exporters in Nepal. According to figures from Nepal's Department of Customs, Nepal imported about half of the total imports of the previous fiscal year in the first quarter of the 2021-22 fiscal year, which began in mid-July. During the first three months of the current fiscal year, mobile devices worth 17.17 billion Nepali rupees (142.86 million US dollars) were imported, representing 46.53 percent of overall imports in the previous fiscal year due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

  • Import Quantity : 70,30,000
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 36.90 Arba

1. Jeep,Car,Vans

Jeep,Car,Vans
Image Source: Automobile Hive

The Nepal Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) was founded four decades ago with the mission and vision of facilitating the automobile sector and supporting the national economy through revenue and service, but it has yet to thrive. This is due to the country's political instability. In addition, there is now a potential threat of economic instability, following which the Nepal government imposed a ban on the import of automobiles except ambulances and hearses. Based on the data for the first nine months of the fiscal year 2078/79, the total import value of these automobiles is nearly around 42$ million USD.

  • Import Quantity : 13,369
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 51.95 Arba

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10. Playing Cards

Playing Cards
Image Source: Online Khabar

In five years, Nepal imported Rs 1 billion worth of playing cards. Nepal imported 66.2 million packets of playing cards for Rs 1.05 billion in the last five years, according to Department of Customs figures. The imports were much greater in the previous fiscal year. Nepal spent Rs 274.9 million on playing cards that year, importing 13.4 packs. The government imported Rs 50 million worth of playing cards in the first two months of the current fiscal year (mid-July to mid-September).

  • Import Quantity : 98,08,529
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 1.95 Arba

9. Kurkure, Kurmure, Lays, Cheeseball

Kurkure, Kurmure, Lays, Cheeseball
Image Source: UBuy

Nepal has banned the import of snacks such as Lays and Kurkure. The government has also instructed all community schools across the country not to serve junk food as a mid-day meal to children. In the first nine months of the current fiscal year, Nepal imported cheese balls, crisps, and kurkure valued at Rs. 580 million. According to customs data for the months of July to April, Rs. 580 million was spent on the importation of these three commodities. In the previous nine months, 1.293 million kilos of cheese, crisps, and kurkure were imported, according to the government. The state has received Rs 366.40 million from the importers for this product. Nepal imports cheese, crackers, and tails from 12 different nations. These commodities are imported from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom, according to the Department of Customs.

  • Import Quantity : 12,93,056
  • Unit : KG
  • Import Value : 5.87 Arba

8. Toys

Toys
Image Source: KL Tower

Children's hands are nearly everywhere in the world holding brightly colored plastics, toys, or model automobiles. Simple production procedures and massive worldwide demand have resulted in a proliferation of low-cost, possibly dangerous toys, with many nations importing in large quantities to fulfill demand. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of hazardous substances because they are frequently exposed throughout critical developmental stages. Out of 100 toys tested, 54 had hazardous amounts of at least one chemical, while 27 had harmful levels of two poisonous components. A total of 28 toys revealed lead levels that might be harmful to children's health. Toy imports in Nepal totaled more than one billion Nepalese Rupees ($7.2 million) in 2016 and 2017. Despite the large number of toys imported, no rules on the use of harmful substances in children's toys existed until 2017.

  • Import Quantity : 2,53,89,723
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 7.17 Arba

7. Bikes > 250 cc

Bikes > 250 cc
Image Source: BikeHaru

In Nepal, many well-known international two-wheeler companies have been selling their motorcycles. Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, and Kawasaki all have superbikes on the market in the Philippines. New entrants like Aprilia, Benelli, and MV Agusta have also been giving a high-end ride to rich Nepali riders. Meanwhile, high-end bikes like Royal Enfield and KTM Duke are available to meet the desires of soul movers' in this city. Despite the strong demand for two-wheeler motorcycles, the majority of sales in Nepal are for two-wheeler bikes with engines ranging from 125 to 250 cubic centimeters. Bikes with capacities of more than 250 ccs have a small market share, and only a few enterprises sell motorcycles with capacities greater than 250 ccs. Because demand for such bikes is modest and some firms already have them in-store, the ban on such motorcycles may not have a significant impact on businesses. The limitation on the import of motorcycles in the 250 cc class may not be effective because demand is already low.

  • Import Quantity : 6318
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 11.49 Arba

6. Liquor

Liquor
Image Source: AdStock Nepal

According to authorities, prohibiting the import of foreign liquor was among the measures adopted to avoid the country's economic condition from deteriorating. The nation brought in 1,28,73,67,000 liters of alcohol worth Rs. 14.97 Arba in the first nine months of the fiscal year 2078/79.

  • Import Quantity : 12,87,367
  • Unit : LTR
  • Import Value : 14.97 Arba

5. Tobacco Products

Tobacco Products
Image Source: The Times of Everest

Tobacco extracts and essences, cigarettes, cigarette paper, and other processed tobacco products were all on the list of banned tobacco items. In the first nine months of the fiscal year 2078/79, about 6,181,918K kg of tobacco goods worth Rs.250 crores were imported.

  • Import Quantity : 1,59,44,775
  • Unit : KG/STK/PCS
  • Import Value : 25.10 Arba

4. Diamond

Diamond
Image Source: American Diamond/Cubic Zirconia Nepal

Amid the list of luxury items that are prohibited, there lies the import of diamonds. Almost 26.3 Arba rupees worth of diamonds were imported to Nepal in the first 9 months of the fiscal year 2078/79.

  • Import Quantity : 25,52,536
  • Unit : KG/CAR/PCS
  • Import Value : 26.34 Arba

3. TV

TV
Image Source: Deal Ayo

Now the government has banned the import of color TVs with screens bigger than 32 inches. Large TV importers imported 21748.18 dollars worth of color TVs in the first 9 months of the fiscal year 2078/79. Now they are restricted to do so until mid-July 2022 (if the ban is not extended).

  • Import Quantity : 1,36,616
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 26.92 Arba

2. Smartphone

Smartphone
Image Source: The Kathmandu Post

In the fiscal year 2020/2021, Nepal imported mobile phones worth Rs 36.90 billion. Mobile phones priced between Rs 15,000 and Rs 45,000 were among the most popular during the outbreak, according to wholesalers. The Nepal government got Rs 5.84 billion in income from mobile phone imports in the fiscal year 2020/21, according to the Department of Customs. China supplied the vast bulk of mobile phone sets. India and Vietnam are two more big mobile phone exporters in Nepal. According to figures from Nepal's Department of Customs, Nepal imported about half of the total imports of the previous fiscal year in the first quarter of the 2021-22 fiscal year, which began in mid-July. During the first three months of the current fiscal year, mobile devices worth 17.17 billion Nepali rupees (142.86 million US dollars) were imported, representing 46.53 percent of overall imports in the previous fiscal year due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

  • Import Quantity : 70,30,000
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 36.90 Arba

1. Jeep,Car,Vans

Jeep,Car,Vans
Image Source: Automobile Hive

The Nepal Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) was founded four decades ago with the mission and vision of facilitating the automobile sector and supporting the national economy through revenue and service, but it has yet to thrive. This is due to the country's political instability. In addition, there is now a potential threat of economic instability, following which the Nepal government imposed a ban on the import of automobiles except ambulances and hearses. Based on the data for the first nine months of the fiscal year 2078/79, the total import value of these automobiles is nearly around 42$ million USD.

  • Import Quantity : 13,369
  • Unit : PCS
  • Import Value : 51.95 Arba