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India invites Bangladesh business community to use its port infrastructure

Newdelhi:7/9/22:India has invited the Bangladesh business community to use its port infrastructure for transshipment to other countries. The Indian side informed that it has offered free transit via its territory to Bangladesh for exporting its products to third countries through specified Land Customs Stations (LCS), Airports and Seaports, said the joint statement issued during the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India.

India has also been providing free transit to Bangladesh for exporting its products to Nepal and Bhutan. The Bangladesh side also requested rail connectivity with Bhutan through the newly inaugurated Chilahati – Haldibari route. The Indian side agreed to consider the request, based on its viability and feasibility. To make this and other cross-border rail links viable, the Indian side requested the Bangladesh side to remove port restrictions, at the Chilahati – Haldibari crossing among other things.

Reiterating the importance of facilitating trade between the two countries, both the leaders stressed the urgent need for up-gradation of infrastructure and facilities at the Land Customs Stations and Land Ports, and for removal of port restrictions and other non-tariff barriers at identified LCS. The Indian side reiterated its request for at least one major land port without port restrictions or a negative list of restrictions, on the border with the North Eastern States of India, for easier market access, starting with Integrated Check Post (ICP) Agartala-Akhaura. Both Leaders welcomed the progress made on India’s proposal to fund the development of a second freight gate at Petrapole-Benapole ICP and directed the officials to complete the work at the earliest.

In order to boost sub-regional connectivity, India requested Bangladesh for cooperation in initiating new sub-regional connectivity projects including a highway from Hili in West Bengal to Mahendraganj in Meghalaya through Bangladesh and in this regard, proposed preparation of a Detailed Project Report (DPR). In the same spirit, Bangladesh reiterated its eagerness to partner in the ongoing initiative of the India – Myanmar – Thailand trilateral highway project.

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