Trade resumes after five days

Deadlock at Benapole, Bangladesh, ended

Last Thursday, activities had come to a halt when the users of India's Petrapole Land Port -opposite the Benapole port- went on an indefinite strike after Petrapole customs officials decided to issue car passes writing the details themselves.

At 11:00pm on Monday trade resumed after Indian customs authorities ordered the Petrapole customs station to reinstate the old system of issuing car passes.
Aminul Islam, director of the Benapole Port Authority, said trucks laden with perishable goods would be given priority in getting released from the port.

According to an article on, as of 8:00 pm on Tuesday, 375 goods-laden trucks entered Benapole from India, while around 200 trucks entered Petrapole after the resumption of operations. But the strike took a heavy toll on businesses in both countries as nearly 11,000 trucks had been stranded.

Due to the strike, Bangladesh incurred a revenue loss of 120 million Bangladeshi Taka daily (1.16 mln euros). In total, Bangladesh suffered a loss of around 600 million Tk (5.79 mln euros)revenue, said Maruful Islam, deputy commissioner of the Benapole Customs House.

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