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Bribery in 100pc service at Mongla and Burimari ports
Businesses and stakeholders are forced to pay bribe at almost all stages of service delivery in both at Mongla port and Mongla customs house, and Burimari land port and customs station, according to a study of the Transparency International Bangladesh.
TIB on Sunday released the findings of the study at a press briefing held at its office in Dhaka.
Businesses have forced to bribe worth Tk 23.80 crore to customs and port officials in the last fiscal year 2016-2017 to get services, the report found.
Motor Workers Union at Burimari land port also extorted Tk 5.4 crore from 60,000 trucks engaged in transportation of import-export goods, it said.
‘Importers, exporters and other service seekers have to pay bribe at almost 100 per cent service delivery points assessat both ports and customs stations,’ said TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman.
The bribe is taken for assessment, clearing, billing and other services given by the port and customs authorities, he said, adding that delay and harassment in service delivery has also become rampant.
Bribery has become institutionalised at those government offices, the study report said.
Burimar land port is important for conducting export and import businesses with neighbouring India and Bhutan.
On the other hand, more than 60 per cent of the country’s imported motor vehicles, particularly reconditioned cars, are brought through Mongla sea port.