Indian imports – The export of Indian goods to Bangladesh via the Petrapole border in West Bengal was halted on Wednesday following protests by the exporters in Bangladesh, an official of Federation of Indian Exporter Organisations (FIEO) said.
India has allowed export of goods from Petrapole with Bangladesh on June 7 but has not allowed import of goods from Bangladesh.
Sushil Patwari, FIEO chairman (east) said, “Bangladesh has stopped import since this morning on the ground that their exports are not accepted by India even though have taken our export cargo.”
The Bangladeshi exporters are unhappy as India has not allowed import of goods from Bangladesh through Petrapole, an official of Benapole Clearing and Forwarding (C&F) Agents Staff association said.
“Bangladesh based exporters are unhappy with the stand of India at Petrapole. In spite of imports by Bangladesh have been allowed since June 7, India has not yet permitted Bangladeshi goods to enter in India in the wake of coronavirus. They are unhappy with the process and have stopped the imports at the border,” Benapole C&F Agents Staff Association secretary Sajidur Rehman told over the phone.
“Those who are importers are also exporters. They said export cargo is lying at the Benapole border causing huge losses to them. Around 500-700 trucks with many export cargo like jute, saree, chemical, and thread are waiting to offload cargo in India,” he added further.
Meanwhile, West Bengal-based exporters want Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s intervention into the matter.