Bangladesh have inked a milestone pact to use Kolkata and Haldia ports for
transhipment of export cargo. For this purpose, the Indian government will now
do a pilot run on transhipment of export cargo from Bangladesh to other
countries through Land Customs Stations (LCSs) to Kolkata port and airport, in
containers or closed bodied trucks.
decks cleared for the transit of export cargo from Petrapole to Kolkata Port
and Nhavasheva Ports/Kolkata Airport for better cargo evacuation and to improve
logistics efficiency of the region, a pilot program will be initiated for a
period of six months, to gain experience and obtain feedback from industry, so
as to build a regulation which will facilitate as well as safeguard against any
to the procedure, a Bill of Transshipment for goods transported by road or rail
to be transshipped to the port or as air cargo for export to other countries
will have to be filed at the LCS by the shipping line or airline or their
authorised representative. The shipping line or airline intending to carry the
cargo to be transshipped will be at liberty to authorize a Customs Broker for
filing the Bill of Transshipment. The import report filed by the transporter
(for goods moving by road or rail) will specify the port/ air cargo through
which the cargo is meant to be transshipped and state the destination port or
airport of discharge. No cargo meant for discharge in India is permitted to be
brought in the same truck/container/wagon, carrying the transhipment cargo.
Finally, the Bill of Transshipment will be presented in triplicate to the
Superintendent of Customs for permission.
trade has grown 38 per cent to $9.1 billion over the last four years. On a
year-on-year basis, the trade grew 24 per cent in 2017-18. This was followed by
nearly 22 per cent growth in April-July 2018.