Chattogram Custom House has decided to continue customs duty in a limited form for the time being during the general holidays.
Additional Commissioner of Chattogram Custom House Kazi Md Zia Uddin said the custom-house will work in limited form to discharge emergency food- rice, wheat, pulses- medicines, kits and other equipment from the port to tackle coronavirus.
However, he also urged the concerned to discharge these goods from Chittagong port on an emergency basis within the next two days.
Although the government has announced 10 days general holiday due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, customs officials will continue to work to discharge these emergency goods.
Secretary of Chittagong Port Authority, Md Omar Faruk said, those associated with the operational work of the port will also work on normal holidays like Friday and Saturday including ship pilots, security and traffic department personnel.
However, he added that they have not yet received any specific guidance on this issue.
92 per cent of the country's import-export is done through the Chittagong port. The C&F (Clearing and Forwarding) Agents submit about 7,000 bills of entry into the customs duty on import and export of Chattogram Custom House.