Market profile

Australia’s trade with Nepal is small, but there is potential for growth in hydropower, tourism and infrastructure development. 

Other areas in which there are increasing commercial opportunities following deregulation include civil aviation and telecommunications. Two-way merchandise trade in totalled A$32 million, with exports to Nepal valued at A$25 million. Principal exports to Nepal are vegetables and refined petroleum. Australia also exports food and beverages including wine.

A flat rate of 10 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied on all goods and services, except exempt items.

The Austrade office in India is also responsible for Bhutan and Nepal.

More information on doing business in Nepal


  • Merchandise exports A$46 million
  • Services exports A$2,214 million
  • Capital Kathmandu
  • Official language Nepalese
  • Area 143,350 sq km
  • Population 29.6 million

Information provided by DFAT

Country brief

A comprehensive overview of political, economic and bilateral and regional trade agreements.

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Trade and economic fact sheet

Containing general information, recent economic indicators, Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Nepal and their global merchandise trade relationship that is updated twice a year.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Nepal. This is regularly updated and should be checked before planning travel.

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