The Palpa Cement Industry of Nawalparasi has started exporting cement to India. The industry started exporting cement to India through Sunauli trading point since Friday. The industrialists are excited to witness export of Nepalese cement to India after the government provided 8 percent subsidy as cash incentive for cement export through the current budget.
The industry has sent a consignment of 3,000 bags of cement to India on the first day. The plant has a capacity to produce 1,800 tonnes of clinker and 3,000 tonnes of cement on daily basis, said Jeevan Niraula, public relations manager of the industry. The industry has been producing Tansen brand cement under the banner of Palpa Cement Industries Limited. The industry has started dispatching cement to India after completing all the government procedures including quality standards to export cement to India.
After the production exceeded the demand, Nepali cement industrialists had problems to find out market. With the export of cement to India, Nepali products can now compete with international brands, remarked Shekhar Agrawal, executive director of the industry. Keshav Bhandari, president of the Nawalparasi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the export of cement to India along with the government grant would help the boost the economy hit by Covid 19. According to Bhandari, with the export of cement to India, the message of self-reliance in Nepal Cement has also spread.