9 trucks to cross border today
The nine trucks with 157 tonnes of transit goods from India could not cross the border for Agartala through Akhaura yesterday as transport agency Indo-Bangla Shipping Lines and port authority failed to complete required formalities.
The trucks will hopefully leave today [Wednesday] as a normal transit, said Subash Chandra Kundu, land customs officer of Akhaura Land Customs Station, yesterday.
Asked about the form of transit this consignment comply with, Mozammel Hossain, technical superintendent of customs office in Comilla, who visited Akhaura land port yesterday, termed it a “partial” transit.
Meanwhile, superintendent of Brahmanbaria customs circle Moazzem Hossain assured that the consignment falls under normal transit or transhipment.
The Daily Star has obtained the shipment order of the nine truck-loads of goods where the Indian authority mentioned the consignment as “transit/transhipment”.
This broke a massive confusion over the kind of the consignment among Akhaura land port and custom officials.
Meanwhile, half the goods under the 2nd trial transit and the nine truck-loads of Indian freight are still waiting in Akhaura hindering regular activities of the land port. As of yesterday, several hundred trucks were seen waiting in a queue to get past the border for India.
The Akhaura Land Port, which was inaugurated in August 2010, is mainly export oriented. It is now struggling to handle the extra load of over dimensional cargoes (ODC) and transit goods. Every day 100-150 trucks, mostly carrying stones and cement, move from Bangladesh to India through the port.