Commodity trade at 4 Indo-Bangla border haats allowed : PTI feed, News

New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) The government has allowed trade of several commodities such as locally produced vegetables and garments at four border haats between India and Bangladesh, the commerce ministry today said.

The commodities will be allowed to be traded in the border haats at — Baliamari-Kalaichar, Lauwaghar – Balat, East Madugram and Middle Place of Sagaria – Srinagar, and Tarapur – Kamalsagar.

The products include fruits, spices, bamboo, bamboo grass, items of cottage industries, agricultural equipment, fruit juice, toiletries, cosmetics and stationary.

The list of items may be expanded or modified by mutual consent, it said.

The ministry also said vendors and vendees who are allowed to sell their products or buy products would be the residents of the area within five km radius from the location of border haat.

The number of vendors would be limited to about 50 from each country.

“The commodities will be allowed to be exchanged in the designated border haats in local currency and/ or barter basis,” the directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT) said in a public notice.

DGFT, which looks after foreign trade related issues, is under the commerce ministry.

“Estimated value of such purchases shall not be more than respective local currency equivalent of USD 200 for any particular day,” it said.

This arrangement was agreed upon by both the countries under a memorandum of understanding in April. PTI RR BAL

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