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Nathu La border trade resumes

May 5, 2009

4 May 2009, PTI, Times of India

GANGTOK: The fourth edition of the border trade at Nathu La, located at
14,200 feet altitude at the Sino-India border, formally resumed on Monday.

A group of 60 traders from Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) crossed over to
the other side of the border for import of goods from Sherathang Mart on
the inaugural day.

However, no Indian trader could reach Nathu La on the opening day, much
to the embarrassment of the officials of the two countries present.

The East Sikkim district authorities had apparently failed to issue the
mandatory Import-Export Code (IEC) Number and security passes to the
traders, official sources said here.

Earlier in the day, a function was held at Nathu La amid mild snowfall
to mark the resumption of the border trade.

Commerce and Industries department director Ujwal Gurung said the Centre
has sanctioned Rs 8 crore for construction of a world class trade mart
at Sherathang, work for which would commence soon.
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