Banglabandha land port sees record revenue
The Banglabandha land port in Rangpur's Panchagarh district collected a record-high amount of revenue in fiscal 2020-21.
About Tk 61 crore was collected at the port, exceeding its Tk 33-crore target for the year by 83 per cent.
This is the highest amount of revenue collected at the port in the last 10 years, according to officials.
The Banglabandha land port has become a gateway to three neighbouring countries -- India, Nepal and Bhutan.
As a result, the port's potential to conduct trade activities is increasing each year, and so is the government's revenue collection, they said.
Besides, businesspeople are becoming more inclined to using the port since it has good communication facilities and a friendly trading atmosphere, they added.
The lowest revenue collected at the port in the last ten years was Tk 7 crore in fiscal 2011-12.
Nasimul Hasan, a C&F agent of the port, said adequate warehouses, yards and sheds would make the port more operational and help increase the government's revenue collection.
Mobin-ul-Islam, assistant customs commissioner of Banglabandha land port, said mainly stones are imported through the port.
In the previous fiscal though, a remarkable quantity of rice was imported through the port, raising the revenue collection despite ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, he added.