Burma resumes border trade after five months

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Burma resumed border trade with Bangladesh at Teknaf land port yesterday after five months of closure on November 24, said a businessman from Teknaf.

Teknaf Land port front view

“Traders of both countries can travel and across with seven-day border pass system which allow them a weeklong entry.”

The Burma shut its border with Bangladesh on June 9, after violence had been broken out between Rakhine and Rohingya in the northern Arakan state, said another local trader.

The Border Guard Bangladesh repeatedly urged for border trade – the system of seven-day border pass – which the Burmese authority had agreed to resume it, said Lt. Col. Jahid Hossain, Commanding officer from Teknaf BGB Battalion No. 42

Besides, Towhidul Anwar, a police sub-inspector and immigration officer of Bangladesh said that five businessmen from Burma arrived at Teknaf land port on November 24, at about 5:00pm. They came by boat from Maungdaw Township, an exit and entry point of Arakan State, Burma.

But, no traders from Bangladesh left for Maungdaw yesterday. Maybe some Bangladeshi traders will cross the border today, the police officer added.

“We hope it will be going continuously,” said Osman, a trader from Teknaf.

Bangladesh incurred a loss of much money within nearly six months as trade with Burma through Teknaf land port remained suspended due to clashes in the neighboring Burma since June 8, he added

Bangladeshi traders import goods like timbers, fishes, tamarind, spices through the port from Burma, while they export cement, plastic and aluminum utensils, and tube well and human hair.

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