government has assured India that it would take steps to address the issue of
Indian barges facing inordinate delays in Customs clearance in Bangladesh ports
and said the issue could be sorted out during the meeting of Director General
of Shipping of both the countries who are scheduled to meet on December fourth.
Mr Gopal Krishna, Secretary, Ministry of
Shipping, said this while addressing an ASSOCHAM meeting held in the national
capital with the participation of high level official delegation from Shipping
Ministries of India and Bangladesh.
the issue of Indian barges facing delays in Customs clearance at Bangladesh
ports, Mr Krishna said, "Let me place on record that we had flagged this
issue prominently with Bangladesh side." He informed that Bangladesh had
shown a very positive frame of mind on resolving this issue, which is to the
benefit of largely Bangladesh exporters.
we had flagged the issue; they have agreed to further discuss in the
Director-General (DG) level talks on December 4," he further said.
address at the ASSOCHAM conference, the Director-General of Shipping, Dr Malini
V. Shankar, said that while Indiaís trade with Bangladesh has grown rapidly in
the past few years, there are issues that need to be discussed so that
participation of Indian ships in the coastal trade can be enhanced.
possibility of allowing transportation of EXIM and Transhipment cargo under the
coastal shipping agreement needs to be explored," she said.
the removal of limit of 6,000 GT (gross tonnage) for operation of vessels under
the agreement also needs to be explored in order to encourage more and more
number of vessels to engage in coastal shipping between the two
countries," she said.
further informed that these issues along with matters like inclusion of certain
Indian ports on protocol route will be deliberated by both the countries in the
joint shipping committee which is expected to be convened in the near future.
the conference, the Chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Mr
Pravir Pandey, said that inland waterways has been a lost opportunity in this
it is time that due importance is given to the development of inland waterways
as a viable and sustainable mode of transport and to become a part of wider
transport narrative not only in the two countries separately but also as
linking the two countries that have historical ties," said Mr Pandey who
is also the Chairman of ASSOCHAMís National Inland Waterways Council.
engagement with industry from both countries, the IWAI chief informed, "It has been decided that on a seminar
will be held in Kolkata along with ASSOCHAM on December three where industry
and trade partners from both India and Bangladesh would be invited for a day
Md Abdus Samad, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Bangladesh, expressed hope for
fruitful discussions to streamline policies for the shipping sector in the
joint shipping community meeting to be held by the end of next month.