AGARTALA: Tripura has requested the Centre to remove non-tariff trade restrictions on export of commodities through its land custom stations (LCSs) to Bangladesh as they have been hurting the interests of the State.
Tripura, which has seven LSCs on the Indo-Bangladesh border, has been exporting commodities worth only Rs. 4.6 crore to Bangladesh, while imports coming through its land ports were worth Rs. 300 crore, said Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.
Curbs on exports
“The restriction is imposed on rubber, bamboo, tea and cashew nuts. All these items are allowed to be exported to Bangladesh through others LCSs in other parts of the Country except Tripura,” Deb said while talking at the first meeting of NITI Aayog North-East Forum meeting in Agartala.
He said the State has been producing many rubber-based and bamboo-based products, tea and cashew nuts for export as suggested by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The State wants the Commerce Ministry to take up the matter with the Bangladesh Government so that the port restrictions can be removed.