SYLHET, Feb 4 (UNB): Indian exporters have finally agreed to submit Import Manifest, paving the way for resumption of trading in goods tomorrow (Sunday) through all the nine customs stations in greater Sylhet after four days of suspension.
Traders of both the countries met at the no-man's land of Sheola and Sutarkandi border Thursday, when the Indian exporters agreed to submit the Import Manifest to Bangladesh customs stations, giving details of the goods and carriers, said Kalamdar Ali, president of coal importers group.
Transaction of goods remained suspended on January 24 and again Feb 1-4, as the Indians failed to meet the deadline of January 31.
Coal, limestone, fruits and industrial raw materials are imported mainly through Tamabil, Bholaganj, Sheola and Barachhara customs stations, while some toiletries, soft drink, soybean oil, dalda and melamine products go to India, officials said.
They estimated about Tk 50 million (5 crore) loss of revenue in import duty, due to the four days of import-disruption.
Earlier, the Indian exporters had declined to submit the Import Manifest, explaining that it would cause inordinate delay in handling of cargoes at Bangladesh customs stations, where facilities and manpower were not adequate, according to them.