Client : Phuentsholing Thromde
Contractor : Marushin Shitaka Construction Company limited
Consultancy: Egis International JV Gyaltshen Consultancy
Funding: Asian Develeoment Bank(ADB)
The construction of the country’s first mini-dry port in Phuentsholing is complete and ready for use. It is one of the three components of South Asian Sub-region Economic Cooperation (SASEC) project with Phuentsholing thromde.
The construction began in April 2017, after 15 years of dialogues and land disputes.
Spanning 5.4 acres of land, the port is located near the second gate and connects the Northern Bypass, another SASEC project in Phuentsholing. The port would house more than 45 trucks and have customs clearance for imports and exports, and help decongest the country’s commercial hub.
SASEC project coordinator Devi Charan Dhimal said the dry port would dovetail the customs clearances for all import-export trade in the country entering through Phuentsholing.
“The primary objective is to decongest the central business district,” he said. “Heavy trucks ferrying goods from India to Bhutan would not need to go the existing customs office, which would mean less congestion.”
The mini-dry port would improve trade by encouraging one-window services, the project coordinator said, adding that the port would discourage tax pilferages and encourage efficient and sustainable tax collection system. It would also mainstream all tax collection procedures.