Mongla seaport in Bangladesh receives first Indian ship with transshipment goods for landlocked northeast India, Infra News, ET Infra

DHAKA (Reuters) – The seaport of Mongla in southwestern Bangladesh received the first Indian vessel on Monday carrying goods to be transhipped by road to India’s landlocked northeastern region as part of a a bilateral agreement signed four years ago.

The MV Rishad Rayhan arrived from the port of Kolkata as part of a transshipment trial under a bilateral agreement on the use of the main seaport of Chittagong in northeast Bangladesh and the port of Mongla for Movement of Goods from India (ACMP), Mongla Port officials said.

“The MV Rishad Rayhan is the first Indian vessel that has anchored in our port with cargo to be trans-shipped by road to the North Eastern region of India,” said the Chairman of the Port Authority of India. Mongla, Rear Admiral Mohammad Musa, to reporters.

The vessel, which was carrying 16,380 tonnes of iron pipes and 8.5 tonnes of pre-foam, was received in a ceremony attended by officials from the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, including Deputy High Commissioner Indrajit Sagar .

The first Indian ship with transshipment goods under the deal, however, reached the port of Chittagong last month carrying iron and pulses which were then transported to Tripura and Assam in India via the land port of Akhaura-Agartala.

Bangladeshi officials said the country’s customs authorities and security agencies were responsible for overseeing the safe transport of containers to the Indian border.

The two countries signed an initial transshipment agreement in 2015, followed by a detailed agreement in 2018 and officials from Bangladesh and India subsequently developed a standard operating procedure (SoP) for its execution.

According to Bangladesh Transport Ministry officials, India would conduct four identical trials before full implementation of the transshipment agreement.

The overland route between Kolkata and major cities in the northeastern states is over 1,200 km long and the use of Chittagong and Mongal ports for transhipment will cut the distance almost in half.

The transshipment arrangement will facilitate the movement of heavier cargo at lower cost and will also boost the business services and logistics sector in Bangladesh.

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