This report provides key results from the survey of the border crossing
time of the trucks as they cross Nepal-India border in Bhairahawa and
arrive at Nagdhunga (Kathmandu). The survey took place from June 19 in
Belahiya (in Bhairahawa, Nepal)-Sunauli (in India) and was conducted for
seven working days.
We found that the presence of border (both at Indian side and Nepal
side) delays the transportation time by 4 hours 32 minutes (240
minutes). This includes the total of times spent processing all paper
works in Indian custom and Nepalese custom yard. If one assumes that the
clearing time for vehicles arriving from Indian custom offices are
independent of clearing time in custom yard in Nepal, then the standard
deviation for the border crossing time is 124.16 minutes (2 hours, 4
minutes). The trucks on average take 44 hours 4 minutes to come from the
Bhairahawa custom to Naghdunga in Kathmandu (with standard deviation
being 40 hours 20 minutes).
One striking fact from our study is the relationship of the total time
spent by trucks inside custom yard and the time spent doing actual
custom related work. If we sum the average time for initial
verification, inspection, bank payment and transloading, it turns out to
be about 235.5 minutes. The actual number can be even less than 235
minutes, as transloading for many trucks can be and are done
concurrently with other operations. However, average time spent inside
the yard for all the trucks is 240 minutes.When compared to Birgunj,
where almost 75% of the total time were spent doing nothing,
Bhairahawa’s custom seems to be working quite efficiently.
This report has been produced for Evidence on Demand with the assistance
of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) contracted
through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods
Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS)
programme, jointly managed by DAI (which incorporates HTSPE Limited) and
IMC Worldwide Limited.
Anon. Survey of the Kathmandu Bhairahawa Corridor: June 2013. Evidence on Demand, UK (2013) ii + 24 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_cr.june2013]