Indo-Bangladesh Protocol on Inland Water Transit & Trade






  1. An Indo-Bangladesh Protocol on Inland Water Transit & Trade exists between India and Bangladesh under which inland vessels of one country can transit through the specified routes of the other country. The existing protocol routes are:


    1. Kolkata-Pandu-Kolkata
    2. Kolkata-Karimganj - Kolkata
    3. Rajshahi-Dhulian-Rajshahi
    4. Pandu-Karimganj-Pandu
  2. For inter-country trade, four ports of call have been designated in each country. These are:


    1. India – Haldia (West Bengal), Kolkata (West Bengal), Pandu (Assam) Karimganj (Assam) and Silghat (Assam).
    2. Bangladesh - Narayanganj, Khulna, Mongla, Sirajganj and Ashuganj.
  3. Under the Protocol, 50:50 cargo sharing by Indian and Bangladeshi vessels is permitted both for transit and inter-country trade. Inland Waterways Authority of India is the Competent Authority on Indian side with effect from 8th September 2003 vide Ministry of Shipping's Order No. WTC-15014/2/2001-IWT dated 29.08.03.
  4. The Protocol is presently renewed upto 31st March, 2012.
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