New ser­vice con­nects Hal­dia and Chit­tagong Port

Maritime Gateway - - Brief News -

Hal­dia In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal has achieved an­other mile­stone with the com­mence­ment of a new Bangladesh ser­vice un­der the Indo-bangladesh Coastal Pro­to­col. Lo­cated 90 km from Kolkata, the Pe­trapole-be­napole bor­der han­dles $3.4 bil­lion of the $6 bil­lion bi­lat­eral trade with Bangladesh. In 2016-17, In­dian ex­ports ac­counted for more than 70 per cent of the trade through this gate.

How­ever, due to the slow pace of bor­der clear­ance, a truck nor­mally takes 22 days, in­clud­ing two weeks on the In­dian side, to com­plete its trade run. The Bangladesh trade was ea­gerly seek­ing an al­ter­nate ef­fi­cient mode, de­liv­ered by a short coastal route with re­li­able ves­sel ser­vice, de­liv­er­ing goods right up to Dhaka and Chit­tagong ports.

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