India receives the first shipment from Bangladesh via river route
The shipment comes as a significant step that will boost connectivity and trade between both sides
The first commercial shipment from Bangladesh to Karimganj, Assam on the Protocol for Inland Water Trade and Transit (PIWTT) route was received on Tuesday, boosting maritime connectivity and trade ties between both sides.
“Harnessing Inland waterway connectivity for India Bangladesh trade & prosperity! 1st ever commercial shipment from Flag of Bangladesh to Karimganj Flag of India on PIWTT route received on 09 Nov 2020. Economical, greener & safe mode for a two-way flow of exports between #IndiaBangladesh,” the Indian embassy in Dhaka said in a tweet.
Harnessing Inland waterway connectivity for ???????????????????? trade & prosperity!— India in Bangladesh (@ihcdhaka) November 10, 2020
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Economical, greener & safe mode for two-way flow of exports between #IndiaBangladesh pic.twitter.com/24MlEfEslC
India has taken several steps to improve connectivity with Bangladesh and this comes as another significant step that will boost connectivity and trade between both sides.
In July, the first trial movement of a container ship carrying steel and pulses from Kolkata to Agartala through Chattogram Port of Bangladesh was flagged off opening huge trade opportunities.
In 2015, India and Bangladesh had signed a coastal shipping agreement. Further, efforts have been made to expand maritime connectivity between both sides.
India is helping Bangladesh in increasing the navigability of the rivers by assisting in the dredging of its waterways in selected stretches.