Summary of Protocol

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Summary of the Protocol

Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade between Bangladesh and India

In accordance with Article viii of the trade Agreement between Bangladesh & India PIWT&T between the countries was signed. This Protocol is for mutually beneficial arrangement for the use of waterways for commerce and passage of goods between two places in one country through the territory of the other.

The Protocol was first signed in 1972 and since then it has been continuing without any interruption. The existing Protocol will remain in force up to 31st March, 2015.

Salient features of the Protocol:
a) Routes

i) Kolkata-Chandpur-Pandu-Silghat-Kolkata
ii) Kolkata-Chandpur-Karimganj-Kolkata
iii) Silghat-Pandu-Ashuganj-Karimganj-Pandu-Silghat
iv) Rajshahi-Dhulian-Rajshahi.

b) Ports of Call: There are five Ports of Call on each side to provide facilities to the vessels of the other country engaged in inter-country trade.

Bangladesh

India

Narayanganj

Kolkata

Khulna

Haldia

Mongla

Karimganj

Sirajganj

Pandu

Ashuganj

Silghat

 

 

c) Vessel: Vessel means watercraft registered under Inland Shipping Ordinance, 1976 in case of Bangladesh vessel and Inland vessels Act, 1917 in case of Indian vessel.

 

d) Supply of bunkers: The vessels of either country plying under the Protocol will be permitted to purchase fuels and essential stores at such points mentioned below:

Bangladesh

India

Sheikhbaria

Kolkata

Mongla

Budge Budge

Khulna

Haldia

Barisal

Namkhana

Chandpur

Karimganj

Narayanganj

Dhubri

Sirajganj

Jogigopa

Chilmari

Pandu

e) Voyage permission:

The vessel intend to operate under the Protocol will obtain the permission of the Competent Authorities appointed by the respective Governments for this purpose.

f) Common freight rates
The operators in both the countries will charge to the extent of uniform rates for both inter country trade and transit traffic at par those charged from the local vessels. Such rates are fixed mutually by the Competent Authorities.

 

 

g) Port dues: Port dues may be levied by the competent authorities in either country on the vessels belonging to the other country and engaged in inter country trade.

 

h) Competent Authorities

Bangladesh

India

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority
BIWTA Bhaban
141-143 Motijheel C/A
Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh.
E-mail: [email protected]

Inland Waterways Authority of India
P-78, Garden Reach Road
Kolkata-700043(WB)
India.
E-mail: [email protected]