Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The Bangladesh government has opened a new land port at Akhaura in Brammanbaria aiming to expedite bilateral trade relations with India. 
Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan formally inaugurated the new land port Friday morning, according to reports. 
The land port constructed on 15 acres of land at a cost of BDT 875 million having warehouse, office complex, open yard and truck parking yard.
At least 10 trucks would carry goods within 250 yards from the zero point of the border connecting Akhaura land port with Agartala town of the Indian state of Tripura.
With this new port at Akhaura, the number of land ports across the country stands at 14, officials confirmed. 
Through this land port, the country would export fish, cement, battery, furniture, glass sheet, plastic goods, soya oil and tiles to the neighboring country. 
Local traders, on the other hand, would import bamboo, turmeric, watch, ginger, marble slap, fish, leather, textile parts and fruits from India.
BBN/SI/AD-13Aug10-3:37 pm (BST)