Kolkata: In order to increase and promote bilateral trade between India and Bangladesh a Car Pass System was introduced on Saturday for goods vehicle traveling through the Petrapole-Benapole border.

Abul Mal Abdul Muhith, the Finance Minister of Bangladesh, and his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee officially introduced the new system by issuing car passes to truck drivers.

As part of the system, a pass duly signed by the departments of customs and immigration officers will be provided to drivers of vehicles that cross the border to unload products. The pass will contain detailed information on products, goods, drivers, and helpers of the vehicles along with their photo identity.

With the launching of the new system the trade ties between both the countries will get a boost, said Mukherjee.

While applauding the step taken by the Indian government Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, “Political and trade relations between the two countries have always been strong and this step will further strengthen them.”

The pass will be issued after checking the documents and products loaded in the vehicles. Three copies will be issued one for the customs, second will be given to the driver and the third copy will be given to Bangladesh customs department on the arrival of the trucks at its border. The Bangladesh customs department after signing the pass will return it to the drivers who on their trip back home will produce it before the custom officials in India.

(JPN/Bureau)