BGMEA urges India to expedite trade through Bangaon-Benapole route
Local garment makers today urged the Indian authorities to take steps to remove barriers to trade through Bangaon-Benapole ports in order to get faster delivery of imported raw materials to make apparels for export markets.
A lack of workforce for export of goods at Indian customs point particularly Bangaon are causing long delays for trades through the route, they said in a statement to the Indian high commission in Dhaka.
"You are aware that the garment sector of Bangladesh are facing challenges to meet up the lead-time given by foreign buyers to export apparels in the middle of pandemic and lockdown."
The transit time between Bangladesh and India is very crucial, as the former brings in a substantial volume of raw materials from the latter, according to the statement of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
Local entrepreneurs have been trying hard to solve the problem with the help of the government and all the players involved in supply chain operation, the exporters said.
A huge number of import and export goods' laden trucks are now stuck at Indian ports because of the long lead-times at the ports, according to the clearing and forwarding agents of Benapole.
"We have confidence that you can use your good office to solve this problem at Indian Custom point to expedite the smooth flow of goods from India, and thereby further facilitate the bilateral trade growth," the BGMEA said.