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SEVEN ADDITIONAL ENTRY/EXIT POINTS FOR TRADE BETWEEN INDIA-BHUTAN

SEVEN ADDITIONAL ENTRY/EXIT POINTS FOR TRADE BETWEEN INDIA-BHUTAN

Context:

On 3 Nov 2021, the Commerce Secretary Level meeting was held between India and Bhutan on trade and transit issues.

Both the Delegations:

  • Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan, H.E. Dasho Karma Tshering, represented the Bhutanese delegation.
  • Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, Shri B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, represented the Indian delegation.

Significance of the Discussions:

  • Both the countries held discussions on the current trade and transit issues to increase trade connectivity between them.

These are the seven additional entry/exit points for trade between India and Bhutan formalized through Letters of Exchange (LOE):

1. Nagarkata Land Customs Station

2. Agartala Land Customs Station.

3. Pandu port (Guwahati Steamerghat)

4. Jogighopa port as an entry/exit point

5. Asian Highway 48 connecting Torsha Tea Garden in India and Ahllay in Bhutan as an additional route.

6. Kamardwisa

7. Birpara

Significance of new entry/exit points:

  • It will make an addendum to the Protocol of India-Bhutan Agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit signed in 2016.
  • It will help India-Bhutan bilateral trade to mutual advantage.

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