The National Board of Revenue has allowed import and export business with Nepal and Bhutan through three more land customs stations to facilitate Bangladesh’s trades with the two South Asian countries.
Customs wing of the revenue board on December 1 widened the scope for international trades with the countries through Tamabil in Sylhet, Chilmari in Kurigram and Nakugaon in Sherpur land customs stations, amending the previous statutory regulatory order on import and export through the LC stations using Indian territories.
These LC stations were previously used for trade with India only.
The revenue board has also included the number of products eligible for import from neighbouring India through different LC stations, including Akhaura in Brahmanbaria, Darshana (rail route) in Chuadanga and Bibirbazar in Cumilla.
Previously, export and import of goods between Bangladesh and Nepal and between Bangladesh and Bhutan were allowed only through Burimari in Lalmonirhat and Banglabandha in Panchagarh LC stations.
These LC stations, except Chilmari, are also operated as land ports under the Bangladesh Land Port Authority.
In both cases, importers and exporters have to use Indian lands to complete the trade activities as Bangladesh has no border with Nepal and Bhutan.
According to the SRO, businesses will now be able to import all goods, except potatoes and yarn produced and processed in Nepal and Bhutan, through the LC stations from the two countries.
Export of all products is permitted through the LC stations.
NBR officials said that they permitted import and export business with Nepal and Bhutan through the LC stations to boost bilateral trades with the regional countries.
There were also demands for the scope from the neighbouring countries as well as traders from Bangladesh, they said.
Nakugaon LC station will now be vibrant due to allowing import from the two countries. Trade particularly from Bhutan will increase through the port, they added.
Traders, however, will have to fulfil conditions related to rules of origin under the notification of the revenue board issued on April 24, 1977.
According to the SRO, businesses will now also be able to import paper, sugar, cashew nut, generator, broken glass, chocolate, baby wiper, confectionary goods and bitumen through Akhaura and Bibirbazar land ports.
India is demanding withdrawal of port restrictions on export of 19 goods through Akharua and some other goods through other major LC stations.
The NBR also allowed import of dry fish, raw hide, spices and Arjun flower (broom) through Bibirbazar, and pulse, raw cotton and cotton bale through Darshana (rail route) from India.
Earlier on July 2018, the revenue board widened the lists of eligible goods for import to and export from neighbouring countries, particularly from India.
Bangladesh has 184 land customs stations at borders with neighbouring countries — India and Myanmar.
Most of the land customs stations are located at the border with India.
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