Bangladesh Trade Portal

The Bangladesh Trade Portal is a one-stop point for information relating to export from and import into Bangladesh. Hosted by the Ministry of Commerce, the portal provides an accessible, logical, helpful window for traders to access important regulatory and procedural information needed to export and import.The portal is an important step for the government toward improving the predictability and transparency of the country’s trading laws and processes. This is in line with the government’s commitment to facilitate information sharing, the 7th Five Year Plan which focuses on accelerating economic growth, as well as compliance with Article 1 of the Trade Facilitation Agreement with the World Trade Organization.  
 
The portal is hosted by the Ministry of Commerce on behalf of all the government agencies involved in the import/export processes. The following are the agencies or organizations represented on this website. If you require further information specifically for one of these agencies you can view each agency's own website by following the links below:

Prime Minister's Office

The Prime Minister's Office is the office of the Head of the Government of Bangladesh. It provides administrative, secretarial and financial assistance to the Prime Minister, and is also involved with the country’s intelligence and security services, promulgation of laws/ policies, matters related to investment, exports, NGO affairs, and activities of the Prime Minister.
 
For more details, please visit: http://www.pmo.gov.bd/
Ministry of Finance
 
The ministry is responsible for state finance, including the state budget, taxation and economic policy in Bangladesh. It is led by the Finance Minister of Bangladesh.
For more details, please visithttp://www.mof.gov.bd/
Ministry of Commerce
 
The Ministry of Commerce of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh is responsible for trade and commerce related activities within Bangladesh and internationally.The major functions of the Ministry of Commerce are promotion and regulation of internal commerce, administration of the Bangladeshi Companies Act, Partnership Act, 1932, Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Trade Organisations Ordinance, 1961, control and Organisation of the Bangladeshi Chamber of Commerce, administration of Price Advising Boards, export policies including protocols, treaties agreements and conventions bearing on trade with foreign countries. sate Trading, international commodity agreements, export promotion including administration of export credit guarantee scheme, administration of Commercial Wings in Bangladesh missions abroad and appointment of officers and staff thereof and administration and control of subordinate offices and organizations under this Ministry.
 

 For more details, please visit: http://www.mincom.gov.bd/


Ministry of Industries

The Ministry of Industries is primarily responsible for developing new policies and strategies for promotion, expansion and sustainable development of industrial sector of the country. The Ministry of Industries acts a facilitator of the private sector with a view to creating increased industrial activities in the country.

For more details, please visit: http://www.moind.gov.bd/


National Board of Revenue

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is the central authority for tax administration in Bangladesh. Administratively, it is under the Internal Resources Division of the Ministry of Finance.

The main responsibility of NBR is to collect domestic revenue (primarily, Import Duties and Taxes, VAT and Income Tax ) for the government. Other responsibilities include administration of all matters related to taxes, duties and other tax producing fees. Under the overall control of IRD, NBR administers the Excise, VAT, Customs and Income-Tax services

For more details, please visit: http://www.nbr-bd.org/


Ministry of Home Affairs

The Ministry of Home Affairs is mainly responsible for the maintenance of internal security and domestic policy. Besides it works to ensure the security to life and property, conduct rescue operations, investigate criminal cases, fights criminals and curb crimes and militancy. It contains two divisions, Public Security Division and Security Service Division.

For more details, please visit: http://mha.gov.bd/


Ministry of Shipping

The Ministry of Shipping encompasses within its fold shipping and port sectors which include national waterways, inland water transport, ports, ocean shipping, safety and environmental matters and the regulatory aspects of maritime shipping and maritime education. The ministry is responsible for formulating policies and plans on these subjects and facilitation of implementation of various projects. This ministry also supports the maintenance and expansion of viable, efficient and water-dependent transportation and communication systems as the cheapest way of economic activities in both rural & urban areas.

For more details, please visit: http://www.mos.gov.bd/


Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock

The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock works to promote the development of fishery and livestock sectors. The major functions of the ministry are the preparation of schemes and co-ordination of national policy in respect of fisheries, prevention and control of fish diseases, utilization of fish and fish wastes and development of fisheries resources and fishing, improvement and augmentation of aquaculture and cultivation of pink pearls and all matters relating to Marine Fisheries including permission for acquisition, licensing and monitoring of operation of fishing vessels including Factory Ship.

For more details, please visit: http://www.mofl.gov.bd/


Bangladesh Bank

The Bangladesh Bank performs all the functions that a central bank in any country is expected to perform. Such functions include maintaining price stability through economic and monetary policy measures, managing the country's foreign exchange and gold reserve, and regulating the banking sector of the country. Like all other central banks, Bangladesh Bank is both the government's banker and the banker's bank, a "lender of last resort". Bangladesh Bank, like most other central banks, exercises a monopoly over the issue of currency and banknotes. Except for the one, two, and five taka notes and coins, it issues all other denominations of Bangladeshi taka. 

For more details, please visit: http://www.bangladesh-bank.org/

Bangladesh Investment Development Authoriy (BIDA)

Bangladesh Investment Development Authoriy (BIDA) is the principal private investment promotion and facilitation agency of Bangladesh. The act mandated BIDA for providing diversified promotional and facilitating services with a view to accelerating industrial development of the country. BIDA’s present functions include i) Investment Promotion, ii)  Investment Facilitation, and iii) Policy Advocacy. 

For more details, please visit: http://www.boi.gov.bd/


Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority

 The BEPZA is the official organ of the government to promote, attract and facilitate foreign investment in the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZs). Besides, BEPZA as the competent Authority performs inspection & supervision of the compliances of the enterprises related to social & environmental issues, safety & security at work place in order to maintain harmonious labour-management & industrial relations in EPZs. The primary objective of an EPZ is to provide special areas where potential investors would find a congenial investment climate free from cumbersome procedures.
 
For  more details, please visit: http://www.epzbangladesh.org.bd/

Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau

The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Bangladesh, is a government agency operating under the Ministry of Commerce. Its task is the promotion of exports from Bangladesh and creating a climate that supports export activities. It is also tasked with the coordinating export development efforts, formulating and promoting the adoption of policies and programs to promote Bangladeshi exports, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating national export performance and analyzing export trends, carrying out promotional activities to promote product development & to support the expansion of supply side capacity and exploring markets abroad.

For  more details, please visit:http://epb.portal.gov.bd/ 

Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC)

The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) was established in February 1973 to promote the peaceful application of nuclear energy in the fields of Food, Agriculture, Health, Industry and Environment. It is also tasked with ensuring the safe use of nuclear energy and technology and monitors and promotes radiation safety nationwide. The BAEC also manages nuclear Research and Development programs on behalf of the Bangladeshi government and the development of indigenous nuclear expertise.

For more details, please visit: http://www.baec.org.bd/


Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA)

The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) is a division of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC).Specifically, BAERA is tasked with the implementation and monitoring of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Act (2012) and the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Control (NSRC) Rules-1997. The aim of these Act and its associated rules is the effective monitoring and regulation of nuclear technology within Bangladesh. BAERA devises, adopts, makes and enforces such rules, regulations, orders or codes of practice within Bangladesh’s nuclear industries. BAERA actively promotes the adoption of national radiation protection standards nationwide and is tasked with the development of applicable codes and guidelines for specific areas of nuclear technology including nuclear medicine, industrial radiography and installations using radioactive materials. It also plans, develops and executes comprehensive policies and programmes for the protection of life, health, property and environment against the risk of ionizing radiation, and regulates the radiation as well as nuclear safety aspects.
 

For more details, please visit: http://baera.portal.gov.bd/


Department of Environment

The Department of Environment ensures sustainable environmental governance to help secure a clean and healthy environment. Through the fair and consistent application of environmental rules and regulations; guiding, training, and promoting awareness of environmental issues; and through sustainable action on critical environmental problems that demonstrate practical solutions and that galvanize public support and involvement.

For more details, please visit: http://www.doe.gov.bd/home/


Department of Agricultural Extension

The mission of the Department of Agricultural Extension is to provide efficient and effective needs-based extension services to all categories of farmers, to enable them to optimize their use of resources in order to promote sustainable agricultural and socio-economic development.

For more details, please visit: http://daeext.info/Default.aspx


Ministry of Agriculture 

The function of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) is to develop agricultural policies, plans, regulations, acts, etc. for sustainable agricultural development and for food sufficiency, provide support in developing new agricultural technologies to boost up agricultural production and coordinate with local and international trade agencies for marketing, monitor implementation of agricultural policies, plans, projects, programs and regulations, monitor distribution of agricultural inputs and subsidies and marketing of the agricultural products in local and international markets, provide administrative and policy support to MOA agencies for the planning and implementation of the development programs/projects and coordinate with donors and development partners for funding and technical assistance.

For more details, please visit: http://www.moa.gov.bd/


Bangladesh Land Port Authority

The activities of the Bangladesh Land Port Authority includes formulating policy for development, management expansion, operation and maintenance of all land ports; engaging operators for receiving, maintaining and dispatching cargoes at land ports; preparing Schedule of tariffs, tolls, rates and fees chargeable to the port users having prior approval of the government; executing contracts with any person to fulfill the objectives of the Act.

For more details, please visit: www.bsbk.gov.bd/index.php


Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC)
 
The Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC) is a statutory organisation of the government and exists to protect the interests of local industries facing unfair competition from foreign firms. Any matter relating to the protection of or assistance to, domestic industries or efficient use of resources in any industry may be referred to the Commission by the government or the business community for recommendations and appropriate course of action. The Commission also advises the government on competition in industrial production; encourages efficient use of resources in the economy and works to obtain greater market access for Bangladeshi products through bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements. The BTC is also tasked with taking remedial measures against dumping and other unfair trade practices in respect of imports into Bangladesh. The Commission is obliged to look into any matter referred to by the government.

The BTC is the designated authority to investigate complaints of dumping, the importation of subsidized products and safeguard measures for sudden import surge. It has the statutory authority to recommend the imposition of antidumping duties in cases of importation of products at dumped prices and countervailing measures in cases of importation of subsidized products. It can also recommend safeguard measures against any sudden surge of imports. The Commission offers advice and assistance in the event Bangladeshi exports are threatened with or actually affected by the imposition of contingency measures in overseas markets.

For more details, please visit: http://www.btc.gov.bd


Department of Explosives

It is an attached Department of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of Bangladesh.The Department of Explosives is the administrative authority for questions relating to commercial explosives, flammables and unfired pressure vessels.

For more details, please visit: http://www.explosives.gov.bd/


Bangladesh Directorate General of Drug Administration

The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) is a division of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. It performs the function of a Drug Regulatory Authority within Bangladesh and supervises and implements all of Bangladesh’s Drug Regulations. The DGDA also advises the Drug and Medicines Licensing Authority and makes recommendations to the authority on matters related to drugs and medicines.

For more details, please visit: www.dgda.gov.bd


Office of the Chief Controller of Exports and Imports (CCI&E )

The CCI&E plays a significant role in the trade policy formulation of Bangladesh. The main objectives of the project are to promote the national trade and generate more revenue for the government. By proper monitoring and supervising the rules and regulations of the trade policy, the government can improve imports and exports activities of the country. The agency is currently assisting the Ministry of Commerce in formulation and implementation of the Import Policy Order and suggestions for changes/modifications where necessary. It is also issuing registration certificates to importers, exporters and the inventors, It issues export permits, export-cum-import permits, import permits on a returnable basis. Besides, It also issues import permits and clearance permits where goods are imported without opening L/C under the provision of IPO. It gives decisions regarding clearance of goods imported in violation of any provision of the Import Policy Order (IPO), and facilitates the settlement of disputes relating to trade & commerce.
 
For more details, please visit:http://www.ccie.gov.bd/index.php
Chittagong Port Authority 
 

The Port of Chittagong is the principal seaport of Bangladesh and handles about 92% of import-export trade of the country. The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) is a basic services provider to the shipping industry and focuses on providing necessary services and facilities to the port users efficiently and effectively at a competitive price.

For more details, please visit: http://portal.cpa.gov.bd/


Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI)

Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), the only National Standards body of Bangladesh, is playing an important role in developing and Promoting Industrial Standardization. BSTI is entrusted with the responsibility of formulation of national Standards of industrial, food and chemical products keeping in view the regional and international standards. It is responsible for the quality control of the products which are ensured as per specific national standards made by the technical committees formed by BSTI. The agency is also responsible for the implementation of the metric system and to oversee the accuracy of weights and measures in the country.

For more details, please visit:  http://www.bsti.gov.bd/


Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) exists to protect and promote the interests of the Bangladesh Garment industry. It maintains liaison with foreign buyers, business associations and Chambers of Commerce, organizes trade missions to explore new markets and to facilitate trade in existing markets, organizes seminars for recommendations government policies, promotes activities and projects to ensure workers’ rights, social and environmental compliance and welfare.

For more details, please visit: http://www.bgmea.com.bd/


Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA)

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) was formed in 1996 to promote the interests of the knitwear industry. Today it is an association of about 1700 knitwear manufacturers and exporters and together they represent the largest export earning sector of the country.BKMEA's provides some services to its members. These are  product & market promotion, social compliance, Research & development, productivity improvement arbitration, one stop service point regarding ud/up and other necessary services at the shortest possible time.

For more details, please visit: www.bkmea.com


Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI), was established in 1958 under companies Act 1913. Its membership consists of industrial conglomerates, manufacturers, importers, exporters and traders mostly of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The main objectives of DCCI are to promote private sector enterprises and businesses with advocacy, awareness and policy inputs to government.

For more details, please visit: www.dhakachamber.com 

 

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