Foreign Trade

Foreign Trade -

  • The foreign trade of Tripura is mainly with Bangladesh.
  • The official trade between Tripura and Bangladesh started in 1995-96.
  • Eight notified Land Custom Stations (LCS): Agartala, Srimantpur, Muhurighat, Khowaighat, Dhalaighat, Manughat, Old Raghnabazar and Sabroom.
  • Upgradation of Agartala LCS as Integrated Check Post; second in the Country.
  • Upgration of LCS at Srimantapur completed; projects under implementation for upgradation of LCS at Muhurighat and Manughat.
  • The total volume of trade has increased manifold from a meagre Rs. 4.12 crores during 1995-96 to about Rs. 305 crores during 2016-17.
  • In addition, during 2016-17, 663 million units of power of value 366 crores exported to Bangladesh.
  • Major commodities of import: Cement, Variety of fish – Hilsa, Dry fish, Broken/crushed stones, Food items/Soft drinks, Plastic goods, Other commodities.
  • Major commodities of export: Fruits, Electronics, Spices, Other Commodities.

Border Haats:

  • Two Border Haats operational at Srinagar-Chhagalnaiya and Kamalasagar-Tarapur. Two border haats at Kamalpur-Kurmaghat and Raghna –Paschim Batuli in pipeline.
  • Commodities of trade at Border Haats:
    • Indian side: Local handicrafts item, fruits like Banana, Jackfruit, Cosmetics, Steel utensils, Saree, cloth material etc
    • Bangladesh side: Dry fish, Bakery items, Saree, Plastic goods, Fruits like Green apple, Water melon, Local vegetables etc.

New Initiatives:

  • Operationalisation of Ashuganj Port for Multi-modal Connectivity and proposal for use of Chittagong Port for Indian Cargo
  • Construction of Bridge over Feni River to connect Chittagong port.
  • Akhaura- Agartala Rail link Project to boost trade with new Integrated Check Post proposed at Nischintipur.
  • Proposed Border Haats: (i) Boxanagar, Sipahijala District, (ii) Bamutia, West Tripura District, (iii) Ekinpur, Belonia, South Tripura District,(iv) Hirachhara, Kailashahar, Unakoti.