Traders say they will continue their strike until the BGB is removed from the weighbridge
Traders have halted import-export activities at the Benapole port since Sunday morning in protest against the BGB’s move to take permanent position on the weighbridge.
This has left hundreds of trucks, many carrying perishable goods and raw materials for industries, stranded on both sides of the border.
Traders say Border Guard Bangladesh is violating the Customs Act 1969 by taking position on the weighbridge and that this would hamper the collection of revenue.
Seven organizations of traders held a meeting with customs officials on Sunday afternoon where they gave an ultimatum for the withdrawal of the BGB personnel.
BGB 49 Commanding Officer Lt Col Ariful Haq said they took position on the weighbridge following the order of the Home Ministry.
“Those who have halted trade have taken position against the Home Ministry’s directive. It is tantamount to sedition,” he added.
Benapole Customs Commissioner Belal Hossain Chowdhury pointed out that the law barred other institutions from interfering in the Customs’ activities.
The port’s C&F Agents Association General Secretary Emdadul Haq said the import-export trade was conducted as per the Customs Act.
“The businessmen will not accept the interference of any other institution inside the Customs and port,” he said. “Our indefinite strike will continue until the BGB is withdrawn.”