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Assam: Trade sees remarkable surge along Indo-Bangladesh border in Karimganj

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Karimganj, April 24: Trade between India and Bangladesh through the Sutarkandi Land Port in Assam’s Karimganj district has seen a notable surge in recent years, with local businesses and residents anticipating further growth in bilateral trade in the near future.

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According to the Land Ports Authority of India, there are currently eleven operational land ports in India, including Sutarkandi, which facilitated trade worth Rs 47,594 crore till January 2024.

Situated on the international border between India and Bangladesh, the Sutarkandi Land Port has become a vital customs check post for trade flow, handling exports of fruits, coal, silicon, palm and soya oil, food items, soft drinks, plastic, household goods, and waste cotton.

Local traders like Imdadul Hoque Choudhury and Nazrul Islam have noted the positive impact of improved road connectivity and government support on trade activities at Sutarkandi.

Choudhury mentioned, “Now there is a good relationship between India and Bangladesh. The Indian government has supported us and many locals are coming out to join this trade.” Islam added, “The export of items from India to Bangladesh has also increased and locals’ income has also increased.”

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