Indo-B,desh Transshipment Formally Begins Today


New Delhi: The transshipment between Bangladesh and India begins formally from Friday, and shipping minister Shajahan Khan and prime minister’s economic affairs adviser Mashiur Rahman will inaugurate the consignment for transshipment at Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria district.

The Shipping Ministry officials said that a Bangladeshi ship carrying around 1,000 tons of corrugated iron sheets, which is supposed to go to Tripura, will arrive at Ashuganj port on Wednesday afternoon where the goods will be unloaded. The goods will then be loaded on Bangladeshi trucks, which would cross the Indo-Bangladesh border in Akhaura for Indian state Tripura.

The Teesta water sharing issue between Bangladesh and India has not been resolved yet. However, this has not stopped Bangladesh from responding to India’s request and providing transit facilities with the arrival of 1,000 tons of goods.

Commodore (Navy) M Mozammel Huq, Chairman of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), said, “All preparations have already been completed to make the transshipment fully operational.”

According to the Chairman, the government has fixed the transshipment fee at Tk 192.25 a tonne for carrying goods. Apart from the regular transit fee, India will have to pay other charges, BIWTA Chairman said. He also said that India has to pay fees to NBR and Roads Department as well.

The Indian side has to spend an additional Tk 50 per tonne for transport of goods from Ashuganj to Akhaura, if Bangladesh side provides security for their consignments,” BIWTA Director (Traffic) Mofizur Rahman said.

He said India would have to pay Tk 10 per ton for shipment of goods through two Bangladesh’s canals – Mongla-Ghashiakhali and Gabkhan Canal. The government has also fixed the labor handling and other charges, Rahman said.

“Users have to pay Tk 70 per ton as handling charge at Ashuganj port. Besides, Tk 2,100 for piloting charge and minimum Tk 250 per consignment as berthing charge are to be paid,” he added.