Thursday, 28 May 2020

Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh: Smuggled goods from Burma are snaking their way into Cox’s Bazaar through different border points. And it has become a transit point for the onward movement of smuggled goods to different parts of the country, said a trader in Cox’s Bazaar, seeking anonymity. 

A variety of goods including Burmese Longyi,  different kinds of cloth, especially Three-Riffle brand, periacton tablets, Yaba tablets, drugs of different kinds and cosmetics, slippers, pickles, among others. It is learnt that five-godowns in the Zaman Market always remain stocked with smuggled goods. 

The smugglers use 17-border point for smuggling goods and they have to pay the concerned authorities on a weekly and monthly basis for the goods to be cleared, said a smuggler in Teknaf. 

The smuggled goods made in Burma, China, Singapore and Thailand are finding their way in the district through border points under Teknaf and Ukhiya upazilas.

The smuggled goods are stocked at Ukhiya and then sent to Cox’s Bazaar markets.  Rohingya women and children are used as carriers for the goods.  After which the goods are supplied to different parts of the country, said a Rohingya woman who carries goods to Cox’s Bazaar. 

There are four to five police, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), and customs check-posts on the road from Teknaf to Cox’s Bazaar town. Besides, there are some undeclared police mobile check-posts.

“The smuggled goods are transported to Cox’s Bazaar, because there is an understanding between smugglers and concerned authorities,” a local elder said from Ukhiya.