Transit tariff and duties or fare and rates in Bangladesh

Md Rezaul Karim By Md Rezaul Karim, 15th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Travel>Asia>Bangladesh>Dhaka & Around

This is the first time history Bangladesh is going to have a connectivity with the neighboring countries which is termed as connectivity.

Tariff and duties for crossing Bangladesh

Recently Bangladesh has agreed to offer its land, water and sea ports to its neighboring countries to ship goods and commodities and for that Memorandum of Understanding signed lately. The following routes and rates are fixed, which are deemed to be mutually benefited subject to other conditions remaining the same. But full transportation system will not work before next three years due to appalling conditions of roads and highways. Till now 17 routes are determined to use as a transit routes the rates and routes are as follows:
Routes and transit fees:
Land routes:
1. Calcutta-Petrapole-Benapole-Dhaka-Akhaura-Agartala route will charge transit fees @ Tk. 24,705/-.
2. Agartala- Akhaura - Chittagong route – 18,907/-
3. Shilchar-Sutarkandi-Chittagong- 27,098/-
4. Shilchar-Sutarkandi-Paturia, Benapole-Petrapole- 31,837/-
5. Sumdrop Jankhar-Goahati-Shilong-Tamabil-Sylhet-Chittagong- 27,880/-
6. Katmundu-Kankarvita-Fulbari-Banglabandh-Mangla-Chittagong- 38,326/-
7. Thimpu-Fuentsoling-Joygaon-Bhurimari-Mangla-Chittagong-35,013/-

Rail route:
Capacity: per container 1650 ton.
8. Shilchar-Mahishashan-Shahbazpur-Dhaka-Bangabandhu bridge-Darshana-Gede-Calcutta- 40,77,673/-
9. Shilchar-Mahishashan-Shahbazpur-Chittagong- 23,48,180/-
10. Agartala-Akhaura-Dhaka- Bangabandhu bridge-Darshana-Gede-Calcutta- 31,27,824/-
11. Agartala-Akhaura-Chittagong- 14,10,182/-
12. Calcutta-Petrapole-Benapole-Khulna-Mangla- 10,86,245/-
13. Birgonj-Rexowal-Kotihar-Singhabad-Rohanpur-Khulna-Mangla- 26,22,702/-
14. Jogbani-Biratnagar-Radhikapur-Birol-Parbatipur-Khulna-Mangla-31,33,315/-

Capacity: 800 ton.
15. Calcutta-Namkhana-Sheikhbaria-Mangla-Kaukhali-Barishal-Chandpur-Voirab Bazar-Ashugonj-Sherpur-Jokigonj, Karimgonj-10,82,152/-
16. Calcutta-Namkhana-Sheikhbaria-Mangla-Kaukhali-Chandpur-Mawa-Paturia-Sirajgonj-Chilmari-Dilehawa-Dhubri-Pandu-Shilghat-10,56,737/-
17. Calcutta-Namkhana-Sheikhbaria-Mangla-Kaukhali-Barisal-Chandpur-Ashugonj-8,47,033/-

All figures are in Taka, US$ 1 = 75 Taka.
From now on full transit facilities will not be available, though transshipment could be carried on. Full facilities related to infrastructural development will be ready within 2015. It means new economic zone among SARC countries, China, ASEAN will be the next possibility.
Problems and solutions:
At this present condition there are some problems to be solved in order to have a good transit functionaries; let's see them:

• Political divisions are there with regard to the benefits and costs of the transit;
• Mistrust between Bangladesh and India is still prevailing;
• India's diplomacy is Win-Lose strategy;
• Infrastructure is not ready yet;
• Financial benefits, which should be mutual and no deprivation should be there, considering the long-term prospects.
• India is to play its role like a super power, just not with the stick, but with mentality and affection and cooperation;
• Political solution must in solving the prevailing problems and unresolved issues between and among countries in the SARC.

If just and fair share of all the parties can be negotiated both politically and economically with a view of cooperation rather than winners take it all, this could be another important economic zone in future.


Bangladesh, Border, India, Transformation, Transition, Transportation

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I am a teacher engaged with the Southern University Bangladesh. I Like to use my spare time by writing and reading. I take it as a fun and source of inspiration in pursuing knowledge.

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