The government has declared Bholaganj as the country's 24th land port to facilitate import and export activities, officials said.
With this end in view, the Ministry of Shipping (MoS) has issued a gazette notification recently.
Bholaganj-located in Companiganj upazila of Sylhet-had been functioning as a customs station before it was declared a new land port of the country.
The government is also actively considering the proposals for declaring two more land ports, a high official of the shipping ministry told the FE.
The planned land ports could be set up at Daulatpur in Kushtia and Mujibnagar in Meherpur.
The Awami League-led government has decided to build more land ports in the country considering the growing import and export activities with the neighbouring countries.
The land ports that are now functioning under the director supervision of Bangladesh Land Port Authority are Benapole in Jashore, Bhomra in Satkhira, Burimari in Lalmonirhat, Akhaura in Brahmanbaria, Nakugaon in Sherpur, Tamabil in Sylhet and Nonahat in Kurigram.
On the other hand, the land ports which are operating under build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis are Sonamasjid in Chapainawabganj, Hili in Dinajpur, Bibirbazar in Cumilla, Banglaband in Panchagar, Teknaf in Cox's Bazar, Biral in Dinajpur, Sheola in Sylhet, Balla in Habiganj, Danua-Kamalpur in Jamalpur, Gobrakora-Koroitoli in Mymensingh, Belonia in Feni, Ramghar in Khagrachari, Darshana and Daulatganj in Chuadanga, Thegamuk in Rangamati and Chilahati in Nilphamari.