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A correspondent, BenapoleImport of foodgrains and essentials through Benapole land port increased significantly, which would help meet everyday demand for the items in the current flood situation in the country.

A total of 400 trucks of rice are being imported every day from India through this port, while 2.83 lakh tones of foodgrains have so far been imported through Benapole, Bhomra and Darshana in the last two and half years.

About 1.70 lakh tonnes of rice was imported through the port during June 1-August 15.

Customs sources said LCs are also being opened everyday as the government has waived duty on foodgrains import.

The customs officials have also taken several steps, including keeping the port open even on holidays so that the materials being imported could be released from the port everyday without any delay.

The essentials being imported largely through the port include lentil, onion, green and dry capsicum, and ginger.

Meanwhile, GOC of 55 infantry division in Jessore region Major General Rafiqul Islam Psc yesterday visited the port and customs house in Benapole. He also held a meeting with the district administration and port officials at the Joint Forces Monitoring Cell.

The C&F Agents Association who attended the meeting placed several demands including resumption of old transshipment yard at the port to ensure smooth import and export activities.

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