India is likely begin a trial run of passenger vehicles on August 29.
The BBIN motor vehicle agreement was signed in June 2015 which allows cross-border movement between the four of the nations without the need for trans-shipment of goods from one country’s truck to the other’s at the border.
The initial cross-border movement of vehicles will be limited between Bangladesh and India.
The first Bangladeshi cargo vehicle bound for New Delhi via Kolkata will begin it’s journey from Dhaka’s Kamalapur international bus depot on Saturday afternoon and is scheduled to reach Kolkata on August 29.
India’s passenger vehicle will start from Kolkata towards Khulna on August 29 when the cargo vehicle arrives from Bangladesh.
The first cargo vehicle is going to transport RMG goods and cross the border at Benapole-Petrapole.
Expo Freight Ltd (EFL) a freight forwarding and logistical solution company along with Najrul Transport will be operate the cargo service for this trail run.
“All our preparations for the cargo trial run is complete,” said SK Ehsanur Rahman, executive marketing, EFL.
This trial is in accordance with the BBIN agreement, saying the road transport and highway division press release, adding that an expert team from the division would accompany the cargo vehicle.
During the journey, the expert team will observe Indian cross-border policy, immigration and customs system, highway’s condition, speed limit and load capacity.
BBIN will potentially increase intra-regional trade with in South Asia by almost 30% and with the rest of the world by over 30%, according to a joint statement.
The four nations have already completed a survey of the entire route.
An Indian cargo vehicle recently passed through Bangladesh in another trial run by the Indian road transport authorities.