Nepal's request for a duty-free facility for Nepalese ready-made garments in the United States appears unlikely after comments made by a US trade ambassador this week, the BBC has reported.

In discussions with Nepalese industries, commerce and suppliers minister Hari Bahadur Basnet, assistant US trade representative for South Asia Ashley Wills said he disagreed with the proposal.

With an act concerning duty-free entry for Nepalese garments currently under consideration in the US Senate, the comment has proved disheartening for Nepalese apparel exporters.

Wills added that possible protest action by the US apparel industry in the event of such a facility being set up made the Senate's approval of the act unlikely.

However, speaking at a WTO seminar in Kathmandu this week, he said the US was ready to give priority to Nepalese products.