Nepali woollen carpet exporters are participating in the Qinghai International Carpet Expo scheduled for August 7-11 in Xining, China.
The 24-member team, led by Anup Bahadur Malla, president of Nepal Carpet Exporters’ Association (NCEA), includes Kabindra Nath Thakur, past president of NCEA, second vice-president Pramod Raj Satyal.
In a statement, NCEA said China has emerged as one of the important export destinations of Nepali carpet.
“Amid high labour costs in China, Nepali carpets are cheaper compared to Chinese products, so the demand has been rising,” read the statement.
International Mall, Promotion Conference, Exchange Meeting of Carpet Manufacturers and Purchasers, Second Preliminary Meeting of World Handmade Carpet Organisation, Selected Handmade Carpet Display and Experts’ Comments, and Technology Exchanges will be the main attractions of the exhibition, according to NCEA.
According to the association, it has sent 2,814sqm of carpet worth $68,683 targeting the expo. Nepal will be demonstrating on-the-spot hand-knitting of woollen carpet in the five-day expo.
Last year, a total of 110 carpet entrepreneurs from nine countries had participated in the expo that was visited by businessmen from 31 countries, NCEA said.
Stressing on the need for promoting Nepali products in China, the association has urged the government to hold high-level talks on promoting bilateral trade.
NCEA has sought simplifying payment procedures to boost exports of the product.
Although the product has witnessed a huge downfall in exports over the last decade, it is still one of the exportable items of the country.
Last year alone, Nepal exported hand-knitted carpets worth $64.74 million (more than Rs 6 billion), out of which export earnings from China amounted to $170,189.