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Bhutan First Waterways Loads Bangladesh Ships

Logistic News - Published on Thu, 11 Jul 2019

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Kuensel Online reported that about 1,000 tonnes of stone aggregates from Bhutan is the first waterways consignment that will be ferried to Bangladesh via the Brahmaputra river. The consignment is lifted from Dhubri Port in Assam, India. In three days, it will reach the Narayanganj Port in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dhubri port is about 160 kilometer away from Phuentsholing. The port is under the Inland Waterways Authority of India. With this first shipment, Bhutanese exporters and importers now have an additional leeway of transport route with Bangladesh, which is comparatively cheaper than road transportation.

To mark this event, the general secretary of Bhutan Exporters Association, the proprietor of Bhutan Stones and Minerals, who is exporting the first consignment, and officials from IWAI, and a Kolkata based shipping company met on July 7 at Dhubri Port. BEA general secretary Mr Tshering Yeshi said it was a much-awaited event. He said that “It is historic,” adding that it took almost two months to come to this point.

Mr Tshering Yeshi said that the “flagship” consignment was possible after India and Bangladesh declared Dhubri Port as “port of call.” The government had taken it to the Indian government to assist in using the Dhubri Port for transit route for transit cargo. Accordingly, a standard operating procedure (SOP) was developed and signed during the Prime Minister’s visit to Dhaka in mid April this year. Cooperation on inland waterways was one of the five bilateral instruments signed then.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Thu, 11 Jul 2019
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