No exports to Bangladesh by way of the Petrapole border befell on Thursday attributable to an ongoing agitation by Bangladeshi merchants and their staff, demanding that India permit imports from the neighbouring nation.
The agitators, who started their stir on Wednesday blocking the entry of Indian vans for a number of hours, claimed that the border will stay sealed till India permits import.
“Today, there was nil export from India via Petrapole,” Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) Chairman (East) Sushil Patwari stated and sought the intervention of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee into the matter.
Some vans with perishable items diverted their cargo to Gojadanga, a smaller land port within the North 24 Parganas.
“We have not allowed any truck to enter Benapole. This will continue until India resumes import of our goods,” Benapole C&F Agents Staff Association secretary Sajidur Rehman stated.
Benapole is the place throughout the border from Petrapole.
“Our exporters and a lot of workers associated with exports are suffering due to delay from the Indian side to allow shipments from us,” Mr Rehman stated.
West Bengal-based exporters have already sought Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s intervention into the matter.
“Indian manufacturers, including MSMEs, are running short of essential supplies and raw materials as imports are not allowed. Since Bangladesh has allowed entry of Indian goods, it is required to import their cargo to keep the trade balance moving,” Mr Patwari stated in a letter to the chief minister.
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