Vol. 4 Num 237 Sat. January 24, 2004  

Trade thru' Burimari, Hili land ports paralysed

Export-import through Burimari (Lalmonirhat) and Hili (Dinajpur) land ports became paralysed as Indian clearing and forwarding (C&F) agents called an indefinite strike from yesterday following a dispute with their customs authorities.

Since January 11, border trade through Sona Masjid land port also remained suspended following the same dispute between the Indian C&F and customs authorities.

Bangladesh officials said more than 100 trucks laden with goods got stranded on the Indian side of the border, opposite to Burimari and Hili land ports.

They said only trucks carrying Bhutanese fruits are entering Bangladesh through these ports.

Passport-carrying passengers, however, are not facing any problem as a result of the strike by Indian C&F agents.

Officials said the strike caused an estimated Tk 8 crore in tax losses everyday.

Besides, about 25,000 workers who depend on daily income by loading and unloading of goods at these stations are passing idle days and facing hardship.