Container shipping lines and port operators are seeking a change in the bilateral coastal shipping agreement signed between India and Bangladesh to permit transshipment of Bangladesh cargo from Indian ports.
The India-Bangladesh coastal shipping agreement covers only origin-destination cargo between the two neighboring countries.
“We have started discussions with authorities in Bangladesh to allow transshipment of their cargo from Indian ports,” Capt Deepak Tiwari, Chairman of the Container Shipping Lines Association (CSLA), said. “Chittagong port in Bangladesh is heavily congested; so why not take advantage of that,” he said.
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