Staff Reporter: The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will close about 150 land customs stations (LC stations) that do not carry out import-export activities or have weak infrastructure. The company wants to make the remaining 30 stations more efficient by increasing their infrastructure and other facilities.
To this end, the NBR held a meeting with the concerned parties on Wednesday, so that the chairman of the organization Abu Hena. Rahmatul Munim. The NBR has not finalized it yet. It will be finalized after discussions with the concerned ministry and others.
After the meeting, FBCCIE senior vice-president Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu said, “We have no objection to the closure of LC stations which are not effective.” We have informed the NBR.
However, the traders have requested to ensure the infrastructure and other facilities of the stations to be set up at the meeting. According to sources, the NBRO has given a positive opinion in this regard.
Fazle Shamim Ehsan, the new acting vice president of the Bangladesh Knit Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), said, “We have no objection to the closure of LC stations which are not functional.” However, we have demanded to increase the facilities of the existing stations and ensure that goods and raw materials can be imported as required.
At present, yarn can be imported only through Benapole port within the LC station, he said. This put a lot of pressure on the LC station. Apart from this, there is a need to provide opportunities for importing yarns and other facilities including the infrastructure of these stations.
Apart from the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), the apex body of traders, leaders of other import-export organizations including Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Knit Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) were present at the meeting.
Source: Daily StockBangladesh by www.dailystockbangladesh.com.
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