February 28, 2021, 5:55 pm
Sylhet Bureau : Bangladeshi cement is being exported to India through waterways of Zakiganj upazila of Sylhet. This is the first time that a large consignment of cement has reached India after 73 years of establishment of Zakiganj Land Customs Station. This opened a new door for Bangladesh-India export trade. This has given a good start to Bangladesh’s cement export and stone import to Karimganj, India.
It is learned that a ship laden with cement named MD Premier-6 from Premier Cement Factory in Narayanganj reached Zakiganj last Sunday.
After the formalities of immigration and customs, it anchored at Karimganj shipyard in Assam on the other side of Zakiganj on Monday. The Ministry of Shipping has given preliminary permission to Premier Cement Company to export cement for one month from October 28 to November 27. A company called Tax & Sons from Karimganj in Assam imported the first consignment of Premier Cement Company. The consignment contained two and a half thousand bags of cement.
The moment of cement import was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi through a virtual ceremony, but in the end it was inaugurated by Sunil Kumar Singh, Adviser to the Ministry of Shipping, Shashi Bhushan Shukla, Member, IWA, Surendra Singh, Director, IWA (Guwahati). On this occasion, Karimganj customs and ship wharf across the Zakiganj border were decorated in colorful decorations.
According to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), the consignment started its journey from Narayanganj on November 1 and reached Ashuganj via the Meghna River. Later, Kushiyara anchored at Karimganj through Zakiganj customs through river.
Concerned parties say new avenues for export trade with Assam have been opened. If this trend continues, trade facilities from Bangladesh to the north-east of India will be expanded at low cost. This will benefit both countries.