Due to the pandemic, the cargo trucks could not be returned to their native countries even after trade between the two nations resumed on June 7
At least 34 Bangladeshi cargo trucks--which were stranded in the Petrapole port-- returned home from India on Monday evening after a three-month hiatus.
Simultaneously, 140 Indian cargo trucks that had been stranded in the Benapole port have also returned to their respective country the same evening.
Around 30 Bangladeshi truck drivers entered into India and drove the stranded empty cargo trucks back to Bangladesh on Monday evening, maintaining additional preventive measures against Covid-19 transmission, sources said.
Following the same steps, the Indian drivers also entered Bangladesh at the same time and took a total of 140 cargo trucks back to their country.
Sajedur Rahman, general secretary of Benapole C&F Agent Stuff Association, said: “We had long been trying to come up with some negotiation terms that would be fruitful for both of the countries. Finally, we were able to return the stranded Indian trucks and bring back our ones on Monday.”
Mamun Kabir Tarafdar, the Deputy Director of Benapole Landport Authority, said: “Because of the lockdown imposed by the Indian government amid the Covid-19 pandemic, these trucks were stranded in the ports of both the countries.
“After both the countries had reached a mutual agreement, the trucks were returned to their respective native countries,” he added.
Due to the transmission of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, commercial and trading activities between the two neighbouring nations had ceased from March 22 of the current year. Due to the pandemic, the cargo trucks could not be returned to their native countries even after trade between the two nations resumed on June 7.