Hassan said Bangladesh’s apparel exporters are importing substantial volume of raw materials from India and the transit time from India to Bangladesh is crucial
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has requested the Indian government to expedite and facilitate trade through the Bangaon-Benapole land port.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan wrote a letter to Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Vikram Kumar Doraiswami on Wednesday in this regard.
"We earnestly request you to kindly take up the issue with authorities of your country and resolve the problem at your earliest to expedite the bilateral trade between India and Bangladesh, which is extremely important for our RMG sector," the letter reads.
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Hassan said Bangladesh’s apparel exporters are importing substantial volume of raw materials from India and the transit time from India to Bangladesh is crucial.
Recently, he said, they are facing lots of delays in transit of imported goods from India.
"We are hearing from the clearing and forwarding agents in Benapole that due the security measures and lack of manpower at the Indian customs point, particularly Bangaon, trade is facing long delays and the transit time is getting very long for the trucks in crossing the Bangaon-Benapole border," he said.
Due to this, Faruque said, many trucks laden import and export goods are stuck at Indian points which is hampering trade with India and impacting the transit time of raw materials for RMG factories in Bangladesh.
"We have confidence that you can … solve this problem at Indian customs point to expedite the smooth flow of goods from India, and thereby further facilitate the bilateral trade growth," the BGMEA president wrote.
Global trade is facing a very tough time due to the coronavirus pandemic; the entire supply chain of the RMG sector is working on a very tight schedule, the BGMEA chief further said.
Local entrepreneurs have been trying their utmost to turn around from this situation with the help of the government and all the players involved in supply chain operation.
The BGMEA chief said RMG sector of Bangladesh is facing challenges in meeting the lead time given by foreign buyers to export apparels in the middle of the pandemic and the lockdown.
"Foreign buyers are insisting on the shortest possible lead time and deadline to export the manufactured apparels," he also said.