Both countries agreed to initiate a comprehensive review of bilateral trade treaty by July 2018. The treaty which governs bilateral trade was last revised in 2009. The two sides also discussed amendments to the bilateral Treaty of Transit signed in 1999 to further facilitate transit movement of Nepal’s trade with third countries.
Since most of the bilateral trade takes place through land customs stations across the border between India and Nepal, the two countries also agreed on synchronising development of border trade infrastructure to ensure timely utilisation of the investment in border infrastructure.
In order to enhance the volume of trade both sides also emphasised the need for harmonisation of standards and expediting progress on MoUs between concerned agencies including BIS and FSSAI from the Indian side.