Cabinet clears deal for use of ports for Indian freight

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 20:26, Sep 17, 2018 | Updated : 20:28, Sep 17, 2018

The Cabinet has given its green light to the draft on an agreement allowing Indian to use of sea ports in Chattogram and Mongla for freight transport to its northeastern states.
The approval came at Monday’s weekly Cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The deal also has a provision for Nepal and Bhutan to join the agreement if they want Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told the media after the meeting.
According to the deal, the movement of goods will be made using four routes and Bangladeshi vehicles and vessels will have to be used inside Bangladesh for the transportation.
The routes are Chattogram port-Mongla port-Agartala via Akhaura, Chattogram port-Mongla port-Dawki via Tamabil, Chattogram port-Mongla port-Sutarkandi via Shewla, and Chattogram port-Mongla port-Bibirbazar via Simantapur and vice versa.
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the national laws and rules of Bangladesh will be followed as well as different fees, including charge fee and fee for enhancing capacity of land ports, and transport cost will be collected, said Cabinet Secretary Alam.
The countries can terminate the deal with a six-month notice as well suspend its implementation for the sake of emergency need or national security, he added.