Exporters in Meghalaya demand further relaxations of restrictions

FTCCM Secretary, Daniel Khongsit informed that there are around 300 members who are exporters but at present only around 12-15 of them have been able to start their trade.


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Exporters in Meghalaya under the banner of the Foreign Trade Chambers of Commerce Meghalaya (FTCCM) have demanded that the state government brings in further relaxations on restrictions on international trade.

This demand was placed by the FTCM, whose members called on Home Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui on Thursday, urging him to ensure that kore trucks are allowed to ply to Bangladesh per day.

FTCCM Secretary, Daniel Khongsit informed that there are around 300 members who are exporters but at present only around 12-15 of them have been able to start their trade and fulfill their commitment to the parties from Bangladesh as the district administration has put restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At the present only 250 trucks are allotted per day for conducting trade with Bangladesh from West Jaintia Hills and only a handful of exporters could ply their trade and majority of the general exporters cannot start their business as the allotment of trucks is too low,” said Khongsit.

Khongsit informed that the rest of the traders could not even complete the previous LCs and requirements at an appropriate. He added that since the active cases in the region has come down the district administration should also increase the allotment of trucks as all members of chambers of commerce have undergone vaccination and are following the SOPs prescribed by the Health department when it comes to international trade.

Khongsit said that the minister has assured them that he will discuss their concerns with the health department and the district administration before a decision on the matter is made.

First Published:July 23, 2021, 12:08 p.m.

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