KOLKATA: In an effort to reduce logistics costs and make India-Bangladesh trade more competitive, the Union Shipping Ministry has proposed the inclusion of Pangaon river terminal near Dhaka in the bilateral protocol for inland water trade, during the upcoming Secretary-level talks.
The Pangaon container terminal is located 20 km from Dhaka. Currently Kolkata Port in West Bengal; Mongla, Narayanganj, Ashugunj in Bangladesh; and Karimgunj in Assam are listed in the protocol.
“We will propose inclusion of Pangaon terminal in the protocol during the annual Secretary-level meet, which is expected shortly. We expect the proposal to receive the support of the Bangladesh Government as it would help transport goods at a cheaper cost between Kolkata and Dhaka,” Gopal Krishna, Secretary Shipping, said recently.