Bangladesh exports fly out of Kolkata in first bonded cargo land-air transhipment
03 / 12 / 2018
Bonded cargo from Bangladesh was flown out of the Indian airport of Kolkata after EFL created a tailor-made logistics solution to handle the very first bonded, cross-border, land-air transhipment between the two countries.
The EFL offices in Bangladesh and India collaborated in handling the cargo of apparel at the point of origin.
The company explained that it opted to use Kolkata rather than Colombo airport because of the instability of operations at the Sri Lankan hub.
The transfer of cargo weighing 4.1 tonnes from Bangladeshi trucks to Indian trucks took place at the Benapole (Dhaka) – Petrapole (India) border. It moved in GPS enabled trucks to Kolkata airport and was airfreighted to reach the final destination in Europe within the stipulated time-frame.
This trial movement has proved Kolkata is a strategic and a useful transhipment gateway for inbound and outbound air transportation to Bangladesh, said CEO of EFL Group and Managing Director of India, S. Senthilnathan. “We are proud to enrich our ties with Bangladesh through this movement and alternative solutions of this nature will enable us to enhance efficiencies of our logistics operations to promote international trade.”
EFL believes “The facilitation of this transhipment after strategically liaising with the respective countries is certainly a stepping stone to foster trade, enable seamless movement and positively impact business growth, beyond borders.”
It says the breakthrough came as a result of began with the signing of the BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal) agreement in 2016, which seeks to enhance co-operation between the countries.