The National Board of Revenue has allowed handling of export-import bulk and break bulk (non-containerised) cargos at the Inland Water Container Terminal of Summit Alliance Port Limited located at Mukterpur in Munshiganj.
The NBR’s customs wing on Wednesday issued an order allowing the port to handle bulk and non-containerised cargos mainly to facilitate bilateral trade with neighbouring India.
Currently, the IWCT under the Pangaon Customs Station can handle the export-import containers.
Following the order, the terminal will be able to handle bulk and break bulk cargos of 37 types of imported goods along with export products.
The goods include wheat, rice, all types of pulses, cotton, chemical fertiliser, wood log, fly ash, petroleum bitumen, quartz, fish fry, livestock animal, maize, cement clinker, mustard, hard coke, ball clay, onion, ginger, garlic, grains, seeds, newsprint paper, mound of paper, industrial machinery, coal, wood log, fresh and dry fruits, nuts, lime stone, stone and boulders, marble stone, China clay, dry chilli and unprocessed nut.
The customs department took the decision based on an application received from SAPL and the opinions from of other wings of the NBR.
Sources said that dependence on the Benapole land port and other land customs stations would be reduced significantly in bilateral trade with India following the decision as most of the products from India came in forms of bulk and break bulk cargos.
The IWCT, however, will have to fulfil a number of conditions, including establishment of proper infrastructure, to enjoy the benefits.
The Pangaon Customs House will ensure the infrastructure facilities inside the terminal such as import warehouse, storage facility of auction-worthy goods, banking system with treasury facility, adequate fire safety system and establishment of vehicle scanner to scan goods carried in the form of bulk and break bulk cargos.
Importers will have to seal the products in the holds of the ship and customs officials will not allow products to be without seal.
Customs officials in Angtihara customs point will check the Indian seal at the holds of the ship and will provide new seals if the Indian seal is found in place.
Customs officials in SAPL-IWCT will allow the release of goods if they found both seals unbroken, according to the order.
They will also conduct 100 per cent physical inspection if the products arrive with broken seals, it said.
If necessary, customs can use electronic seals and lock systems or GPRS system.
SAPL will also have to comply with the other rules and regulations of the customs, other government offices and ensure environmentfriendly handling system.
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