Bangladesh Customs Additional Information

 

  • The Bangladesh Land Port Authority (BSBK)

 

BSBK was established under the Bangladesh Sthala Bandar Kartipaksha Act. 2001 under the Ministry of Shipping.

Out of 181 border check-posts 13 Land Customs stations have been declared land ports and placed under the control of Bangladesh Sthala Bandar Kartipaksha (BSBK).

All the Handling, warehousing and technical activities from the land port entry has been done under the supervision of the Land Port Authority.

This LCA focuses on information collected on the   Benapole   and   Teknaf   entry points. A part from the ports and airport (see chapters related) the main entry point from India to Bangladesh is Benapole. Teknaf is another important entry point useful and suitable as international corridor on the boarder with Myanmar.

 

Benapole – District of Jessore

Indian – Bangladesh Border

 

  • General Information

 

Benapole   is the biggest entry point in terms of cargo traffic between India and Bangladesh. 60% of the border trade movement into Bangladesh takes place through this border entry point.

Localisation: 1:30 hours drive by WFP cars from Jessore to Benapole, 80 Km from Calcutta.

Road Condition: 2 line road in good in condition – A lot of rickshaws and local traffic.

2 gates at the entrance from no man’s land to Bangladesh: In and Out activity. This gate is used both by passengers and import of material. A project to develop a special entry for trucks has been initiated and will be operational in the coming months.

 

  • Focal Points

Land Port Entry:

Md. Nazrul Islam

Deputy Director Traffic

Tel 0421-76196 : 0421 75296

Mobile: 01711-063361

Operating Hours:   6:00 to 18:00 Saturday to Thursday

Custom:

Md. Shawkat Hossien

Join Commissioner Benapole

Tel Office: 04228-7548

Tel Res. 04228-75502

Mobile: 01711-428056

Operating Hours:   9:00 to 16:00 Sunday to Thursday

 

  • Handling

All the handle procedures, warehousing and movement management of the Benapole Entry point have to be done under the supervision of the Land Port Authority.

The logistics capacity of the Land Port authority is around 1000 trucks of 10 MT per days.

 

  • Warehousing

The ware housing capacity is around 37.000 MT

Custom and Clearing system

Bangladesh has adopted and implemented the ‘ASYCUDA’ system for customs on all border points. Customs clearance is computerized only at Benapole

Common procedure as mentioned above

Almost 600 Customs Clearance Agents has been licensed to Benapole Custom Clearance. Some can be found on

http://www.bdtradeinfo.com/yellowpages/des_data.asp?subcategory_id=198

 

Teknaf – District of Cox’s Bazar

Bangladesh – Myanmar

 

  • General Information

Only Entry point from Myanmar to Bangladesh – passengers and small

Boat for Food and NF Items – River boat with small Jetty

Maximum depth 2 meters

120 MT Indian boat.

Teknaf – Cox’s Bazar: 2:30 hrs car drive, 2 lines road average conditions

Cox’s Bazar – Chittagong: 3:30 hrs car drive, 2 lines road good conditions but a lot rickshaw traffic

 

  • Focal Point

Land Port Entry:

United Land Port Teknaf LTD.

Md; Jasmin Uddin Chowdhury

Asst General Manager

Mobile: 01713-048867

Phone: 0342-675077

mail:   ulptl@yahoo.com

Operating Hours:Information not provided.

Custom:

Md; Idriss

Superintendant Custom

Mobile: 018114-116623

Phone: 03426-75068

Operating Hours:   9:00 to 17:00 Sunday to Thursday

 

  • Handling

Under supervision of the United Land Port Teknaf LTD.

Capacity Download – Unload of 1000 MT per days

 

  • Warehousing

Good Conditions

5.000 MT capacity

 

  • Custom and Clearing system

Idem as the other entry point see annex 17 Clearance Agent Habilitated in Teknaf and Clearance procedures.

 

 

The family items concerned by the SRP 61 had been listed as bellow:

i)   Capital machinery;

ii)   Raw materials of Medicine;

iii) Poultry Medicine, Feed & machinery;

iv) Defence equipment;

v) Chemicals of leather and leather goods;

vi) Private power generation units;

vii) Textile raw materials and machinery;

viii) Solar power equipment;

ix)   Relief items;

x)   Goods for blind and physically retarded people; and

xi)   Imports by Embassies and UN.

 

Exemption of duties and taxes on imports by the United Nations, USNS Bodies and Specialized Agencies of the United Nations for their officials use.

It is hereby clarified that the United Nations, U.N. Bodies and U.N. Specialized Agencies are exempt from payment of all kinds of import duties and taxes on imports made for their official use under the Conventions on the Privileges and Immunities of the Untied Nations, Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized agencies, Agreement between the United Nations and the Government of Bangladesh and the Untied Nations (Privileges   and Immunities) Act, 1948 (Act No. XX of 1948) as adapted in Bangladesh.

 

Special requirements

 

  • Vehicles and temporary material

To import temporary vehicles or material for relief purpose a Certificate of Declaration, which should describe the precise use and the planning, has to be done by the agency to the customs Office.

 

  • Telecommunication Materiel

To import telecommunication equipment (HF, VHF, Satellite) a certificate has to be provided by the Bangladesh Ministry of Communication. In emergency situations the Disaster Management Bureau can facilitate this procedure.

 

  • Radioactivity test certificate

A test of radioactivity levels is mandatory for food imports for human consumption such as milk, milk products, edible oil and other food items produced in any country. The radioactivity test report from the authority of the exporting countries must indicate the level of CS 137 in each kilogram of food items shipped. Another certificate is required to state that such items are fit for human consumption. Food samples will be tested by the B angladesh Atomic Energy Commission   upon the arrival of such foods at a Bangladesh port.

A test of radioactivity levels is not required for food imported by hotels of international standard and diplomatic bonded warehouses. However, in such cases, a certificate from any internationally recognized testing agency or from the authority of the country where the food was produced is required and must be submitted together with the bill of lading.

A test of radioactivity levels is not required for palm olein and RBD palm stearin produced in Malaysia or to be imported from Malaysia or Singapore. However, a test of purity of such imported items, carried out by the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, is obligatory.

A radioactivity test is not necessary for imports of cigarettes, cigarette paper, pipe tobacco, whisky, beer and other alcoholic beverages, concentrated essence, spices and medicines.

The radioactivity test procedure can be relaxed in cases of imported rice and foodstuff from SAARC and South East Asian countries provided that such imports are accompanied by a certificate of origin as well as by a certificate stating that such foodstuff or rice is fit for human consumption. Perishable foodstuff imported from SAARC countries requires a radioactivity certificate from the authority of the exporting countries.

The import of poultry feed and animal feed also requires radioactivity test reports, at CS 137 per kilogram, and a certificate stating that such items are fit for consumption by poultry or animals.

 

  • Sanitary and phytosanitary certificate

A sanitary certificate is required for all livestock and plants and most plant products, certifying that these items are free of insects, pests and diseases. An additional certificate is required for leaf tobacco attesting that the tobacco is free from Ephestia elutella or that this pest does not exist in the country of origin.

 

  •   Other certificates

A fumigation certificate is mandatory for imports of used clothing. Straw and hay used in packing must be certified to be free from insects and diseases. A certificate of cleanliness is required by law for the import of textiles and a special certificate is required for the import of drugs and pharmaceutical products.

 

Entry point on the Border

Country Sharing Border

Type of Border Crossing

Trucks

Rail Wagons

Cars

River

Benapole

India

Road and Rail

+

+

+

 

Sona Masjid

India

Road

+

 

+

 

Hilli

India

Road

+

 

+

 

Burimari

India

Road

+

+

+

 

Darshana

India

Road

 

+

 

 

Bhomra

India

Road

+

 

+

 

Tamabil

India

Road

+

 

+

 

Bibil Bazar

India

Road

+

 

 

 

Birol

India

Road

 

+

 

 

Rohanpur

India

Road

 

+

 

 

Bangla Bandh

Nepal

Road

+

 

+

 

Teknaf

Myanmar

Road and River

 

 

 

+

Chatak

India

Road

-

-

-