In a significant meant to give a major boost to the trade ties between India and Bangladesh, the two leading South Asian economies, Bangladesh has agreed to the proposition of allowing the use of Chattogram and Mongla Ports for movement of goods to and from India. The move is aimed at reducing time and logistics cost in shipments to and from the North Eastern States.
During the recent official visit of Sheikh Hasina,Prime Minister of People`s Republic of Bangladesh to India , a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was signed. The agreement and SOP permit the movement of goods in Bangladesh through waterways, rail, road or multi-modal transport. The agreement covers eight routes which include: Chattogram/Mongla Port to Agartala (Tripura) via Akhura; Chattogram/Mongla Port to Dawki (Meghalaya) via Tamabil; Chattogram/Mongla Port to Sutarkandi (Assam) via Sheola; and Chattogram/Mongla Port to Srimantpur (Tripura) via Bibirbazar.
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