No trade in Hili land port for three days
Import and export from Hili Land Port in Hakimpur upazila under the district remained suspended for the third day yesterday due to a dispute between Bangladeshi importers and drivers and helpers of Indian trucks over 'incorrect weighing' of goods imported from India.
A meeting between the leaders of Indian truck drivers and helpers and importers and exporters of Bangladesh held at the port last night yielded no results, port sources said.
The importers and exporters at Hili Land Port said they often found goods less than the stipulated weight.
Bangladeshi traders suspected that the truck drivers and helpers stole the imported goods as on several occasions stones and water were found on the trucks to adjust the missing weight.
Indian truck drivers and helpers, on the other hand, said the problem is with the weight bridge set up by Panama Port Link Ltd, a private port operator, at the land port.
Protesting 'wrong functioning' of the weight bridge, the truck drivers and helpers of India stopped running their trucks on Tuesday afternoon and demanded repair of the weight bridge.
Contacted, officials of Panama Ltd claimed that their weight bridge is functioning properly.
Harun Ur Rashid, a Bangladeshi importer, said they often get mismatched readings for weight of the goods.
Ashok Mondal, president of Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association of the land port in Indian side, said, "Each exported goods carrying truck is weighed here by Indian customs authority. Then the customs authority of Bangladesh weighs the same trucks at their side. The complaints from Bangladeshi traders against the Indian drivers and helpers might be true in case of some dishonest drivers and helpers."